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Exploring Upper Rockridge: Bungalows, palaces, and paths with Berkeley Walks


May 16, 2021 | 10:00 am 11:00 am

Starting on College Avenue south of the Rockridge BART, this free virtual walk led by Bob Johnson and Janet Byron, co-authors of Berkeley Walks, explores tree-lined streets with diverse early 20th-century Craftsman bungalows, before ascending the hills to see how the area was rejuvenated after the disastrous 1991 fire storm. There will be architecture—including some mansions, flowering trees and gardens, views and yes—lots of fun public stairways to go up and down (virtually)!

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About the Speakers

Robert E. Johnson

Robert E. Johnson

Robert (Bob) E. Johnson has lived in Berkeley for over 30 years. For the past twenty years, Bob has led group walking tours for groups such as Greenbelt Alliance (of which he is a board member), Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, the Berkeley Historical Society, and Bay Nature magazine.

Janet L. Byron

Janet L. Byron

Janet L. Byron has lived in Berkeley, California, for more than half her life. Malcolm Margolin’s East Bay Out was the first walking guide she purchased, and it introduced her to the joys of exploring nature by foot. She has subsequently led walks for Greenbelt Alliance, Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BPWA), Girl Scouts, Congregation Beth El, and other local groups, and has served on the boards of Greenbelt Alliance, BPWA, Friends of Strawberry Creek, Willard Neighborhood Association, and Berkeley Partners for Parks. She attended the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and works as a science writer and editor. Janet lives in West Berkeley with her daughter.


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