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Jule and John Gordon in the hidden rose garden they created and nurture in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Photo: Eden Teller

A lovely variety of stories grabbed readers’ attention this week.

The city’s renewed focus on so-called mini-dorms — where properties are carved up into many bedrooms and leased out, most commonly to students — prompted much debate. Neighbors say they create a cycle of neighborhood degradation and want action taken.

The news that Fourth Street restaurant O Chamé was closing after 23 years in Berkeley was a huge disappointment to many. Other ‘nosh’ news was also widely read: lots of you were thrilled to hear about Eduardo Morell’s plans to open a Morell Bread bakery in West Berkeley; and our weekly Bites column brought you the scoop on new Piedmont Avenue restaurant Homestead.

And Eden Teller’s stories on Berkeley’s second rose garden, and how urban blight was transformed into urban farm on Channing Street were both hits.

The really big news however was our announcement of Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. Two days of provocative thinking, inspiring speakers, workshops, and a big party — all in downtown Berkeley in October. Read all about it, and be part of it. Buy your tickets on the Uncharted website.

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