Columnists

Undercurrents: ‘For a Safe Town’ Event and Sideshows

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday October 29, 2009 - 09:23:00 AM

I stopped by, late, over to the “For a Safe Town” event at Verdese Carter Park on 98th and Bancroft last weekend. Who, after all, can resist when they’re serving free Everett & Jones barbecue in your neighborhood? -more-


Dispatches From The Edge: Of Roman Roads and Modern Emperors

By Conn Hallinan
Thursday October 29, 2009 - 09:24:00 AM

CARSULAE, ITALY—The Via Flaminia emerges from a hillside—literally—and climbs up a gentle hill toward a ruined forum. Like all Roman roads, it was well built, considerably more so than the modern ones jammed with trucks and cars that crisscross the Umbrian countryside. The large limestone slabs that surface it are still rutted with the wheels of ox carts on their way to Ariminum on the Adriatic. -more-


East Bay Then and Now: The American Turgenev’s House Is Offered for $1

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday October 29, 2009 - 09:38:00 AM
Warren and May Cheney’s house at 2241 College Ave. was built in 1885. Built in the Stick-Eastlake style, the Cheney house is the second oldest surviving structure in the Berkeley Property Tract.

On Oct. 19, the University of California’s Real Estate Services Group issued a request for proposals for the purchase and relocation of one or both of the historic residential structures known as 2241 and 2243 College Ave., located on the central campus in an area slated for future development. -more-


About the House: Those Fabulous 1960s

By Matt Cantor
Thursday October 29, 2009 - 09:39:00 AM

I am an avowed architecture snob. This is not a requirement for being in the home inspection business. It’s just a little extra service I like to be able to offer my clients. All kidding aside, I really am a design snob and am fairly unapologetic about it. There it is. -more-


Green Neighbors: Sudden Oak Death, Part 3

By Ron Sullivan
Thursday October 29, 2009 - 09:40:00 AM
A spring-loaded tree injector forces solution into a fresh log at Matteo Garbelotto’s October SOD workshop.

UC forest pathologist Matteo Garbelotto’s Sudden Oak Death workshops are open to professionals and “homeowners”—unpaid tree companions?—alike. Garbelotto said, “As much as we work with the professionals, some people can’t afford a professional. I looked into the law. Almost everybody believes landowners can do it themselves. Tree-care professionals were not too upset. I got a sense the community was coming together to solve the problem.” -more-