John Corton grew up going to skating parties, playing hockey — even learning to drive a Zamboni — at Berkeley Iceland on Milvia Street. Tonight, the City Council discusses the future of the ice rink which has been closed since 2007. And, as Corten argues in a new Opinionator column, the debate surrounding the landmarked building demonstrates how history and emotion play a vital role in how property is viewed and handled in Berkeley.

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