Berkeley residents who live in buildings with more than one unit will not be allowed to smoke inside beginning in May 2014. Photo: Damian Kennedy

Several news stories topped the readership charts this week.

First up was our report that a 21-year-old Berkeley man was shot and injured early in the evening of Sunday Dec. 1 in what apparently was a hail of bullets at the Ashby Flea Market. Ashby BART shut down for the evening.

Our story on a new residential building that has begun to be built on the southeast corner of Ashby and San Pablo drew lots of readers. The project had been the subject of a lawsuit which went to the California appeals court.

Conversely, the building site for the future new Safeway at the intersection of Claremont and College avenues has gone quiet after Safeway violated its 2012 agreement with neighborhood groups and Oakland stopped processing its building permit. Our exclusive report on the issue prompted a lively discussion thread.

But when ranked by number of comments, it was our article on Berkeley deciding to ban tobacco smoking in apartments and condos that took top prize this week.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...