Berkeley is a beautiful city located on the northeastern shore of San Francisco Bay. It is a diverse, educated city and mostly liberal enclave known for its food and ambitious people. It is expensive to live here, but there are also many unique features that make it attractive.
The Post-WWII era brought moderate growth to the city. During the 1960s the Telegraph Avenue became a focal point for the hippie movement, which spilled over the Bay from San Francisco. There was considerable overlap between the hippie movement and the radical left at that time. The battle over the disposition of People’s Park in 1967 resulted in a month-long occupation of Berkeley by the National Guard. During the 1970s and 1980s, activists increased their power in local government. This era also saw major developments in Berkeley’s environmental and food culture.
These stunning vintage photos by Richard Friedman show Berkeley from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.