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Berkeley’s Iconic Park Plan Pits Housing Against History | bay area

Berkeley, an eclectic California city renowned for its tie-dye hippies and high-profile intellectuals, is experiencing a 1960s throwback sparked by People’s Park, a landmark that served as a counterculture touchstone, springboard policy and shelter for the homeless.

The colorful history of the 3-acre (1.2 hectare) site, forged from the land seizure by the University of California, Berkeley in 1968, has been thrust back into the spotlight as the school renews its efforts to pave People’s Park, this time for a $312 million project that includes much-needed housing for approximately 1,000 students.