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By Charles Wollenberg

The Railroad Age, The melancholy, global battle II, The Atomic Age, The Sixties—these classes formed and have been in flip formed by means of Berkeley, California—a urban that has had a outstanding impression given its modest measurement. This concise ebook, the single up to date heritage of Berkeley, is a wealthy chronicle connecting the folk, traits, and occasions that made the town to a lot greater topics in background. From the local developers of shellmounds to the blue-collar citizens of Ocean View, the increase of the college of California, the realm struggle II shipyards, and modern-day demographics and politics, it is all right here during this interesting account of the opposite loved urban by means of the bay. alongside the way in which, we discover the solutions to many exciting questions: Why is Adeline road is so oddly aligned? How did Berkeley enjoy the 1906 earthquake that destroyed a lot of San Francisco? What differentiated Holy Hill from Nut Hill? Berkeley: A urban in heritage offers a pleasant experience of position to a person who has lived in, labored in, or traveled via this distinct city.

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But these private institutions in no way diminished East Berkeley's campaign for a public high school. M o s t middle-class parents expected the school to be located near the campus, but working-class West Berkeleyans opposed the establishment of a high school outside their community that would serve few of their children (most of whom left school after the eighth grade). In 1882 the school board approved a compromise that allowed highschool-level courses to be taught at the Kellogg site, but a bond issue to build a separate high school did not pass until 1900.

Congress passed the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 18 6 2. The law provided for grants of federal lands to states, which could use A TALE OF TWO TOWNS / 27 income from the sale of the property to support the operations of public universities. The new, federally subsidized institutions were to be people's colleges rather than elitist private institutions like the College of California. The land-grant colleges would teach practical courses in agriculture and mechanics as well as traditional liberal arts offerings.

The trustees hired Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York's Central Park, to plan the development, but his ideas turned out to be too radical. He envisioned landscaped roads which followed the contours of the hill, along the lines of the contemporary Piedmont Avenue. Instead the college authorities adopted a traditional grid pattern. In conformance with the presumed intellectual tone of the new community, north-south streets were named in alphabetical order for men of science: Audubon (now College Avenue), Bowditch, Choate (now Telegraph Avenue), Dana, Ellsworth, Fulton, and Guyot (now Shattuck).

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