UC Plan to Build on People's Park Meets Resistance

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The University of California has proposed replacing People's Park with a student dormitory. (Photo: Minesweeper/Wikimedia Commons)

It appears a new battle is about to start in the decades-long fight over People’s Park in Berkeley. The university has unveiled a plan to build a dorm on the 2.8 acre property where the iconic park now sits. Activists say the city needs the open space and that there are other places UC Berkeley can build housing. Still, others say the park has become nothing more than magnet for homeless encampments and drug use. Forum takes a look at the history and future of People's Park.