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Berkeley Walks celebrates the things that make Berkeley such a wonderful walking citydiverse architecture, panoramic views, tree-lined neighborhoods, historic homes, unusual gardens, secret pathways, hidden parks, vibrant street life, trend-setting restaurants, and intriguing history. Fascinating and surprising sidelights include the apartment building from which Patty Hearst was kidnapped; Ted Kaczynski’s home before he became the Unabomber; and the residences of Nobel laureates and literary Berkeleyans such as Thornton Wilder, Ann Rice, and Philip K. Dick.
Bob Johnson and Janet Byronlongtime city residents and tour guidesdesigned these 18 walks to showcase the many elements that make Berkeley’s neighborhoods, shopping districts, and academic areas such fun to explore. Visitors will discover a vibrant community beyond the University of California campus borders, while locals will be surprised and delighted by the treasures in their own backyards.
Highlights of the book include a focus on architects Joseph Esherick, John Galen Howard, Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, James Plachek, Walter Ratcliff, Jr., and John Hudson Thomas, 100 archival and original photos, and 20 maps, including a map of Berkeley bookstores.
An avid walker and hiker, Robert E. Johnson has lived in Berkeley for more than 30 years. He leads walking tours around the Bay Area for groups such as Greenbelt Alliance (where he is a board member), Berkeley Path Wanderers, and the Berkeley Historical Society. Janet L. Byron has lived in Berkeley for 25 years and is also an avid walker, jogger, hiker, and birdwatcher. She has led walks for Greenbelt Alliance, Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, and other local groups.