Berkeley’s Lorin District

SFGATE — Berkeley’s Lorin district is not one of those neighborhood monikers concocted by real estate agents in service of gentrification; it’s the name of an unincorporated city annexed a century ago. Nevertheless, the city is pouring money and energy into giving the district an identity, a sense of place other than “near the Ashby BART station.”

Bounded by Ashby on the north, Adeline and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the east, Sacramento on the west, and Alcatraz on the south, the trapezoidal neighborhood takes a half-hour to circumnavigate on foot, a pleasant daytime walk that brings you past a hacker-mom space, beauty supply shops, a bike repair workshop and the Biofuel Oasis.

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