By Sumiko Saulson
Berkeley is a progressive college town, well known for its commitment to arts, culture, and the ecology. It’s the first US city to create accessible spaces and curbside cutouts for the mobility impaired back in the seventies.
Farmer’s markets, pro-cyclist events like Sunday Streets Berkeley, plentiful bicycle lanes, and automobile-free zones, community gardens, composting, recycling centers, urban farming, and parks dedicated to preserving native wildlife are part of how Berkeley works towards a greener planet.
University of California Berkeley is home to a beautifully manicured thirty-four acre botanical garden featuring foot bridges, relaxing streams, lush flora, and aromatic flowers from around the globe. It’s Student Organic Garden at the corner of Walnut and Virginia Streets, encourages urban farmers to grow healthy, earth-friendly fresh foods…continue reading in the Spring 2018 issue.
In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
City Spotlight: Vallejo
By Sumiko Saulson
“The City of Vallejo is one of the Bay Area’s hidden treasures, an undiscovered summer arts destination located at the northeast corner of the San Pablo Bay. Vallejo was California’s original state capital. Although the title now belongs to Sacramento, Vallejo remains the largest city in Solano County and tenth largest in the Bay Area. Hit hard by the recession, the city made the papers when it was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2008. In the intervening years, it has made a comeback. Vallejo’s Downtown, Marina, and Heritage District have long been the heart of its art scene. The local art scene has expanded in the years since the recession. Increasingly, creative artists and musicians are moving to Vallejo to escape the inflated rents and real estate costs in the rest of the Bay Area. Downtown Vallejo currently features a monthly art walk with live music, an art theater, a dance club, three live music venues, a Saturday farmer’s market with entertainment, several small galleries, and a bookstore…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.