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Posted inBusiness, Community, Housing & Development, Schools

UC Berkeley close to deal for long-empty Telegraph lot

UC Berkeley and property owner Ken Sarachan are close to a joint-venture development deal for the long-empty lot at the north-east corner of Haste and Telegraph, which means that new student housing might be in place there by August 2017. “We are in negotiations, deep negotiations,” said Robert Lalanne, UC’s Vice-Chancellor for Real Estate. Lalanne said […]

Posted inArts

Jake Silverstein, new editor of New York Times Magazine: ‘The East Bay shaped my view of the world’

In March 2014, Jake Silverstein was tapped for one of the top jobs in journalism: the editorship of the New York Times Magazine. A 1993 graduate of Berkeley High School, Silverstein, 39, has deep roots — and a deep affinity — for Berkeley. Surprisingly, he didn’t write for the Berkeley High Jacket, but he did […]

Posted inArts

25th anniversary of bombing of Berkeley’s Cody’s Books

On Feb. 28, 1989, around 4:30 a.m., someone threw a molotov cocktail through the window of Cody’s on Telegraph Avenue because the bookstore was carrying Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses.’ Waldenbooks on Telegraph was also firebombed. The culprit was never captured. Andy Ross owned Cody’s Books for 30 years, from 1977 to 2007. Now a literary agent, […]

Posted inFire

The Sequoia Building: At heart of Berkeley’s rich heritage

By Steven Finacom Telegraph Avenue’s Sequoia Apartments building, seriously damaged in a fire on Friday, November 18, 2011, is a stately and historic edifice that helped define the character of Telegraph Avenue in both the early 20th century and in the 1960s. Constructed in 1916, the 96-year-old, 39-apartment, building was part of an early 20th […]