Down on Virginia and La Loma

Cloyne Court co-op. Photo: Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.

Long walks and Counting Crows songs opened a door to a secret Berkeley not many people knew.

hen I arrived at U.C. Berkeley as a sociology student in 1994, my heart was newly broken.

I’d just been dumped after eight intense, magical months of a friendship so passionate it had turned sexual. I was leaving home for the first…