"Welcome to Berkeley!" Top 5 Page for this destination Berkeley by berkeleybear
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Berkeley is a small city in Northern California - about ten miles across the bay from San Francisco.
It has a history of social activism and the wide diversity of the city (everything, from its cultural makeup to architectural styles) is what makes it truly unique.
The heart of the city is the University of California at Berkeley, with world-reknown programs in many subjects. There are also many artistic and sporting events held around the year. If you're a future visitor, a stroll around the campus is a must!
Berkeley is considered one of the most liberal cities in the United States. In the 1960’s a major civil rights movement, the Free Speech Movement, saw a huge student protest to the university’s ban on the distribution of political literature. There was also massive fighting between Berkeley residents and the police over an area of the city called People’s Park. Eventually the national guard was called in (by then-governor Ronald Reagan), and the campus was a war zone bombarded with tear gas.
For more details on the historical struggles in the city, a good source is the movie “Berkeley in the 60’s”.
Ironically, the greatest views of San Francisco and the Bay are probably from Berkeley! Up in the Berkeley hills and from the marina, there are great picnic spots. Click on the photo for a panoramic photo I stitched together from multiple shots.
- Pros:Diversity of Culture and Architecture
- Cons:Occasional Annoying Panhandler
- In a nutshell:Everyone fits in here!
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