News Pix: New BART Cars, Vietnamese Protest and Berkeley’s ‘Art Attack’
BART showcased its new cars this week, scheduled to go into service in 2017. David Jaeger, carrying his son Nico, particularly likes the new bike racks. The mock train car was on display in the MacArthur BART station for riders to explore and give feedback. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)
Members of the Vietnamese-American community marched to Vietnam’s Consulate to protest Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang’s meeting with President Obama in Washington, D.C. on July 25. Approximately 200 protesters stood opposite the consulate chanting, while some attempted to enter and were turned away. Many Vietnamese-Americans still feel bitter about losing their homeland to a regime that they view as corrupt and abusive. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)
Berkeley residents were surprised and delighted to discover that their city was “art-attacked.” These chalk drawings covered the stairs leading to the Marin Circle. Other “attacks” included poems and collages found tucked under windshield wipers, and Andy Goldsworthy-style nature installations at Albany Bulb. They were created by campers, all aged under 10, at the Westside Studio summer art camp. (Deborah Durant / Berkeleyside)
Green Skies Vertical Farm on Channing and 5th Street in Berkeley is even more hyperlocal than a farmer’s market. The food is grown, harvested and sold from the same spot, a once-vacant lot that is now home to stacked planters full of strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and dozens of other edible plants. Shoppers can peruse the produce when it’s still in the ground, taste fruits right off the plant and pick exactly what they need – so there’s no waste. (Eden Teller / Berkeleyside)
It’s not just commuters who would be affected by another strike. A lot of small businesses also rely on BART. Eva Liang’s flower shop at the Montgomery BART Station in San Francisco took a hit when BART workers went on strike earlier this month and Liang is worried about the possibility of another strike if no agreement is reached by August 4. “We totally closed because it’s empty, zero customers,” she said.