About 50,000 people walked along a car-less Shattuck Avenue on Oct. 14 for the second annual Sunday Streets. There were all sorts of free activities, including a bubble extravaganza Photo: Nancy Rubin.

The week got off to a glorious start as thousands of Berkeleyans flocked downtown for Sunday Streets and had a chance to stroll a 17-block, car-free stretch of Shattuck Avenue.

News that the Zoning Adjustments Board easily approved an “innovative” housing development with rooftop farms on Dwight Way and Fulton Street produced a lot of comments.

Garden Village, 2201 Dwight, Berkeley. Image: Nautilus Group

Readers also had a lot to say about the meetings that the Parks and Waterfront Commission is holding on the future of Berkeley’s parks. There was strong turnout for the meeting which looked at Willard Pool, now filled in with dirt. People at that meeting urged the commission to find the funds to reopen the pool. Residents were equally passionate about the meeting that examined the future of the Tuolomne Family Camp, which burned down in August’s Rim Fire. 

Berkeleyside’s newest endeavor, Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, is a week away. We’ve been busy behind the scenes refining the program, conferring on the menu for the party at the Berkeley Art Museum on Friday, Oct. 25, and reaching out to people to tell them about the event and offer scholarships to help people attend. The line-up is stellar, the discussion looks to be thought-provoking, and the wine has been personally vetted by the Berkeleyside staff. We hope to see many of you there.

Register to participate in Uncharted now.
One-day passes (which include the party at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive on Friday night) are available.
Use promo code BerkeleysideFriend when you register to get a discount.
Apply for a scholarship for free access. (Deadline is Monday Oct. 21.)

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