People's Park

Empty navy blue camping chair with small American flag in front of unhoused encampment in People's Park, Berkeley, California.

UC Berkeley Says Supportive Housing ‘Inseparable’ Part of People’s Park Project

The park remains closed to the public as a court weighs a decision on the university’s proposed housing development.

January 12, 2024 - KQED

Aerial view of UC Berkeley campus with Campanile tower

New California Law Alters CEQA in Favor of Student Housing

Following a heated legal battle over new student housing in Berkeley, Governor Newsom signed a new law removing ‘social noise’ as an environmental impact.

September 11, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Colorful mural depicting people holding signs with proclamations on exterior wall of public restroom in People's Park, Berkeley

Lessons From People’s Park

The University of California, Berkeley faced bitter opposition to new student housing. What does this mean for universities—and for democracy?

June 20, 2023 - Next City

Aerial view at dusk of UC Berkeley campus with tall tower in foreground and San Francisco Bay in the background

Opinion: How California’s Environmental Law Empowers NIMBYs

Critics of a new provision calling “social noise” an environmental impact say the law can too easily be co-opted by anti-housing groups to block new development.

March 27, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Tents fpor people experiencing homelessness are surrounded by signs that impart messages of resistance to change.

People’s Park—Symbol of Berkeley’s Storied Past—Temporarily Cleared and Fenced Off for Development

A few days after a judge’s ruling cleared three pending lawsuits blocking the development of People’s Park, the unhoused people living in the park were cleared and fence surrounds the site. Protestors took back the park within a day.

August 4, 2022 - Berkeleyside

This is a panoramic photograph taken on April 1st, 2021, of People's Park in Berkeley, California. During the COVID-19 pandemic the authorities eased restrictions on overnight camping by homeless persons on the grounds of People's Park. The photograph shows the presence of some of the tents set up during this period.

UC Berkeley Commits to Supportive Housing Project in People's Park

The university will work with the city and local nonprofits to provide 42 units of housing and supportive services to unhoused people living in Berkeley's iconic People's Park.

March 11, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Unofficial monument to 25 years of People's Park, Berkeley, California

A Fight For the Future of People's Park

Community groups are fighting a plan to build student housing in the historic People's Park.

November 24, 2021 - Mercury News

Dog Parks Are Everywhere, but Where Did They Start?

Dog Parks Are Everywhere, but Where Did They Start?

Giving dogs the opportunity to play and socialize without restraint has its roots in the free speech movement in Berkeley, California.

January 26, 2020 - Smithsonian Magazine

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