Echoes down the corridor

Gentrification poses threat to historical heritage of Berkeley neighborhood

By the time Richie Smith was 13, she was used to being told to enter through the back door of a restaurant. So when her family moved from Oklahoma to South Berkeley in 1949, Smith was amazed by the vibrant Black community she found.
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Off the Grid off to rough 4th start in Berkeley

Food truck owners and local shop vendors were hoping the fourth time could be the charm for Off the Grid, which returned to Berkeley on Sunday, but overcast skies and low turnout put a damper on what many had hoped would be a vibrant comeback for the street food market.
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Lighting the way: 2nd-chance individuals serve, give back to city as hospitality ambassadors

A recovering addict nearing eight years of sobriety, Walker is now the field operations manager of the Downtown Berkeley Association’s ambassador program, a hospitality and cleaning services program that aims to create a more inviting Downtown environment. Managed by Block by Block, the ambassador program is one of several the company operates throughout the Bay Area and country.
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