A Adventure Playground: of course Berkeley children should have saws and nails

B Bancroft Library: Mark Twain and so much more

C Center Street outdoor movies: particularly The Big Lebowski

D Diversity: why would anyone want to live in a monoculture?

E Edible Schoolyard: mmm, all those wonderful greens

F Freight and Salvage: great traditional music in the heart of the city

G Golden Bears: no football this year in Berkeley, but dozens of other sports to enjoy

H Hearst Greek Theater: from Alison Krauss to Paul Simon to Florence & The Machine

I Independent bookstores: too many closures, but Berkeley still has a healthy number

J Jazzschool: churning out a new generation of jazz musicians

K Phil Kamlarz: retiring after 36 years serving Berkeley

L Berkeley Public Library: a still-thriving system

M Julia Morgan: emblematic of the variety of our architecture

N Neighborhoods: so much variety and character in a small city

O Off the Grid: friendly crowds and memorable food

P Saul Perlmutter: Berkeley’s newest Nobel Laureate

Q Quakes: which remind us to be ready for the Big One

R Berkeley Rep: astonishingly sustained excellence

S Pasquale Scuderi: brought quick reactions and welcome transparency to Berkeley High

T Tool Lending Library: unsung social innovation

U Unions: in June the SEIU 1021 agreed a new contract, a first step in righting the city’s finances

V Views: from the hills, from the marina, from numerous spots in the city

W Walks: on Berkeley’s steps and paths

X X marks the spot: Berkeley is still a name that resonates globally for activism

Y Yellowjackets: smells like teen spirit

Z Zest: of Berkeleyside’s commenters

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