Field of Bad Dreams 

In its rush to create sports facilities at Harrison Park, Berkeley overlooked nasty environmental realities. It should have known better.

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Given her title, Caronna might be expected to say as much. But in such disputes, unlike soccer games, the winners and losers are rarely so clearly defined. For a nuanced view, talk to that young midfielder who plays soccer despite her asthma, or the homeless mom with nowhere else to take her kids. While the long-term effect of building city sports fields and transitional housing amid industrial and highway pollution are yet to be determined, it seems clear that what the city has produced is far from an out-and-out win. Sometimes, when all options are considered, the rival players have little choice but to be satisfied with a tie.

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