Peoples Park: Still Blooming Terri Compost

ISBN: 9780984120802

Published: October 15th 2009

Paperback

190 pages


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Peoples Park: Still Blooming  by  Terri Compost

Peoples Park: Still Blooming by Terri Compost
October 15th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 190 pages | ISBN: 9780984120802 | 6.60 Mb

Peopleas Park in Berkeley was born when a diverse coalition of activists seized a vacant lot to build a park in 1969. The authorities reacted violently, leading to riots in which police shot into crowds, killing one bystander and wounding over 100MorePeopleas Park in Berkeley was born when a diverse coalition of activists seized a vacant lot to build a park in 1969. The authorities reacted violently, leading to riots in which police shot into crowds, killing one bystander and wounding over 100 people. The battle over Peopleas Park became a symbol for the battles of the 1960s between the counter-culture and mainstream society.

While the dramatic story of the Parkas violent creation in 1969 has been thoroughly told, no book until now has brought the story up to date. This book illustrates how the Park is still a living counter-cultural experiment and a model for do-it-yourself ecological and social direct action. The book features hundreds of historical images and photographs of the Parkas present uses: as a community garden and native plant repository- as a liberated zone for concerts and political rallies- and as one of the few places open to all peoplearich and poor, homeless and housedain an increasingly consumer-dominated Berkeley.

The book uses interviews, news clipping, political tracts, and primary documents to show how generations of activists have fought to allow the users of the Park to control its development, operation, and maintenanceaembodying the principal of user development in the face of constant police repression.



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