This week’s most read — and most commented upon — story was our survey of the building boom currently under way in Berkeley. More than 1,400 housing units are in development in downtown Berkeley, with demolition on one of the first in the pipeline scheduled to have begun this week. Many more new projects are breaking ground in other city neighborhoods. Berkeleyside rounded it all up as a handy one-stop resource for our readers.
Our account from the court room of the brutal killing of Berkeley resident Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter in 2012 was also very well read. The horrifying details of her death emerged in a hearing at which 35-year-old Jamaal Prince, was ordered to face charges. Kingeter would have turned 28 on Wednesday.
On a lighter note, our food coverage continued to draw in readers in significant numbers. In case you missed these stories, catch up on the latest restaurant openings and closures with our latest Bites column; read about the unstoppable East Bay craft beer renaissance; and remember to grab good deals with Restaurant Weeks in both Berkeley and Oakland.
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