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History of Berkeley

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 in the 60's

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”.

Great views of the Bay and 'the City'

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 and Cons
  • Pros:Diversity of Culture and Architecture
  • Cons:Occasional Annoying Panhandler
  • In a nutshell:Everyone fits in here!
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  • p_yenyen's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2007 at 7:10 AM

    Nice picture taken. :-) When u coming to Malaysia to try new recipies?

  • AyurinHiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:23 AM

    Hi from Japan :-) Thanks for your comment and I'm enjoying your pages! Thanks

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:07 AM

    Hi Jim, Nice place you live in, just back from our first visit to USA, New York City was very different from Berkley. Thanks for visiting my home page, why not come on downunder for Aussie hospitality.

  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Just strolled down Berkeley thanks to you...nice tips. Last time there - took the BART from SF, caught a Dead Show at Oakland Stadium. What a long, strange trip it's been...

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