Nearly 14 years have passed since the Berkeley City Council repealed its anti-sitting laws. Yes, they used to exist — and for some, this in and of itself is kind of alarming. For others, however, 14 years apparently have been more than long enough.
It appears that associated Berkeley merchants are mobilizing to criminalize sitting on sidewalks in the commercial districts of Telegraph Avenue and Shattuck Avenue. Which applies to … um, a sh*t ton of people — but we all know who it’s targeting: the people with few other places to go.
But we do have two words for you, Berk-town: Not chill.