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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Times Of The Signs

When you've lived in Berkeley awhile, you've learned to calendar the UC Bears Football Days. Sunday morning I was putting up Open House signs for 47 Canyon Road and came across this interesting selection of signs.

Canyon Road is our Rustic Cabin just a short walk to the Haas Business School and Boalt Hall Law School.

Berkeley's Bicycle Boulevard, Parking, and Cal Bears home football. The Bicycle Boulevards are all over Berkeley, and many lead directly to UC Berkeley!

As an inveterate New Yorker, I must say I have mixed feelings about Berkeley's Solar Powered Parking Meters.

On the one hand, they're very cool (Solar Powered Parking Meters!!!), take nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins, and credit and debit cards. The machines print out a sticker which you then affix to the inside of your car window. The sticker has the date and expiration time.

On the other hand, you can't add time to the "meter" without issuing another sticker. And when you drive away, the next driver can't take advantage of the remaining time on the sticker... because the sticker leaves when you do!

I first came across this style meter at Pioneer Square in Seattle, and even though I'm trained as an engineer, it took me a few moments to figure out how to use the sticker. Here are the operating instructions - Peel off the sticker, turn it around, and use the sticky back to affix it to the inside of your car window. I first saw the meter in front of Venus Restaurant (which has a delicious Tofu Scramble) in Downtown Berkeley, and learned that a quarter didn't buy quite enough time for a leisurely breakfast.

The University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) has lots of transportation options.

Bear Transit is UC Berkeley's shuttle system which services the Campus and nearby vicinity.

AC Transit services Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (hence AC)... and also goes to San Francisco. Here's the .

The routes are an homage to the old Key Route System... all the Key Route trains with Alphabetic Routes (A, B, C...) went directly to San Francisco... and so does the TransBay Bus

Venus Restaurant down the street, Jupiter Beer House just a few blocks away. I guess Berkeley really is the center of the universe!

We're always "tuned into" what's happening in Berkeley... The Berkeley Hills, The Flats, 4th Street, Northbrae/Westbrae, Elmwood/Claremont neighborhoods are all our beat!

Here's how to search what Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito, Rockridge and Berkeley homes are for sale in each neighborhood


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