Find out if your street will be paved in the next two years by consulting our interactive map. (Blue lines are scheduled for 2014, and red lines are scheduled for 2015.)

The passage of Measure M in November 2012 offered some rays of light for Berkeleyans bemoaning the poor state of streets. But the Measure M funding is only coming on stream this year. Berkeleyside took the detailed report from the Public Works Commission and compiled a handy interactive map which shows which streets will be repaired and repaved this year and next. Click here for the large version of the interactive map.

UC Berkeley’s plan to build a new Institute for Design Innovation on Le Roy Avenue and Ridge Road in Northside, attracted both supporters and detractors. The modern design by LMS Architects, previously responsible for the Ed Roberts campus, has been criticized by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for its “alienating institutional look.” University buildings are not subject to city planning and design review.

While neighboring cities and public safety departments have jumped into the world of Twitter, Facebook and other social media, the city of Berkeley seems stalled, three years after announcing plans to draw up a social media policy. Emilie Raguso’s thorough investigation of Berkeley’s foot dragging noted that Oakland police’s use of alert service Nixle was crucial in finding a missing Berkeley man in January (see photo above).

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...