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.
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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