A male bluebird about 70 days old feeds his little sister (about 23 days old), which recently fledged from the nest box. Both bear the spotted plumage of a chick. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond. Read Miller Bond’s story about Berkeley’s bluebirds.

The most popular stories this week all seemed to deal with quality of life issues in Berkeley – the location of a beloved store, parking spots, and local wildlife.

Readers were quick to jump in with suggestions of where Ace Hardware should go after it temporarily moves to make way for the construction of the Acheson Commons apartment complex. The big hitch: the owners of Ace want a place with parking, not an easy thing to come by, although city officials are trying to free up spaces with the upcoming goBerkeley program.

The question of the future of the main post office on Allston is still in the news. Readers enjoyed our photo feature of protestors watching television at night (some even noted that it might be Fox news projected on the screen). Those camping out are determined to stay, even though the postal police have asked them to leave the steps and move to the sidewalk (where, presumably, they would become the Berkeley Police Department’s problem) Our story on the new fence erected by the parking lot of the Elmwood post office also generated interest.

Summer seems to be construction season in Berkeley, and we hope our interactive map of current projects will give you clues about which streets have slow downs.

And once again, Elaine Miller Bond continues to astound us with her animal features. This week’s was about a renegade and very helpful bluebird.

Berkeleyside staff

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