Revisiting the People’s Park Debate

People’s Park in Berkeley is at the geographic and thematic center of the debate over the city’s recent Public Commons for Everyone Initiative [see second item]. Located between Haste Street and Dwight Way, and just steps from Telegraph Ave., the public park has been a haven for the homeless. However, UC Berkeley – the owner of the property – has argued that it’s an unattractive destination for the wider population. Now, the university has enlisted the help of an SF consulting firm to try and figure out how to make the historical site park more appealing to guests without frustrating those who call it home, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. According to the article, “There’s even been talk of adding features like outdoor movies, live theater and a dog run, and linking the park to possible new attractions on nearby Telegraph Avenue, such as a history cafe, a historic district and a museum.”

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