I understand that the Berkeley City Council has caved in to the university’s insatiable urge to grow ever larger. (In fairness to UC, much of the proposed growth is in response to pressure from Sacramento.) This is disastrous, not only to the City of Berkeley, but to the university itself.
However, the situation is not hopeless. The following idea, suggested by the recent granting of “Landmark” status to the Claremont Hotel, might work. Simply declare the entire UC Campus, together with all its buildings, to be a National Landmark. Then, like the unhappy owners of the Claremont Hotel, the UC planners will not be permitted to cause any further growth, and there won't be a thing they can do about it.
Paul R. Chernoff
Professor of Mathematics
University of California