The Times podcast: Townies versus gownies battle for Berkeley

People's Park Berkeley
UC Berkeley plans to build housing for students and the indigent at People’s Park, against the wishes of some opponents, including those who want to preserve the park as it’s been for generations.
(Scott Strazzante / San Francisco Chronicle)

Thousands of students apply to UC Berkeley every year. It’s one of the most applied-to universities in the entire U.S. But the city of Berkeley is also emblematic of our nationwide housing crisis. Which is why residents and the university have been locked in a legal battle over enrollment numbers.

Today, we delve into the latest town-versus-gown throw-down.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times higher education reporter Teresa Watanabe

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About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Our editor is Kinsee Morlan. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.