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Los Angeles Times: At UC Santa Cruz, a housing shortage pits the need for beds against a much-loved meadow

Los Angeles Times

The road to UC Santa Cruz winds past old lime kilns, assorted barns and storage sheds.

Then a vast meadow opens. Its wild prairie grasses, baked golden on toasty summer days, add a vivid layer of color to the vista of redwood forests beyond and bright blue sky above.

The open space is still. The view it offers is sweeping. Many at Santa Cruz see it is as the iconic gateway to one of the nation’s most breathtaking campuses.

And it’s now at the center of a major campus fight because the university wants to build student housing on it.

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