On Tuesday, Berkeley approved a plan for its downtown area which had been seven long years in the making. Watch — eventually — for a few more tall(ish) buildings and more open spaces to accompany the ongoing streets clean-up.
Otherwise, all our top stories this week were in the educational domain, as 48 Berkeley Unified teachers received layoff notices, the city’s pioneering edible schoolyard programs came under threat, plans to expand Jefferson Elementary School came under scrutiny, as did significant declines in math and English proficiency at Berkeley High.
Images by two of our contributing photographers of a bleak-looking, pre-renovation Safeway store, also grabbed people’s imagination this week.
Reader engagement tally for the past seven days? 763 comments and 1,195 Facebook Likes from 34,632 unique visitors. Berkeleysiders: never short of an opinion or insight! Thank you.
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