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Built in 1909 to facilitate commuter traffic, the Berkeley Pier extended 5.6km into the bay, linking with www.flickr.com/photos/whsieh78/4338577884/Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. The commuter traffic ended in 1939 after the opening of the Bay Bridge, and now is mainly used for fishing. At present only 4.1km is open, the rest being left to decay.
Marina, Berkeley, California

Tags:   Berkeley California Municipal Pier Panorama Albany Richmond bridge Bay Golden Gate San Francisco Mount Tamalpais Angel Island Treasure Yerba Buena Oakland Emeryville

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Built in 1909, this neoclassical building based on the Hôtel de Ville of Tours still houses the Berkeley City Council, and thus the site of the occasional protest. It is in desperate need of a seismic retrofit.
Downtown, Berkeley, California

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Growing up around the Bay Area, it seems that the center of Berkeley's business activity has shifted from Telegraph near UC Berkeley back to Downtown on Shattuck Avenue. I remember vaguely it being a dirty and somewhat neglected spot. Now the area is lined with coffeehouses and small shops. Some of the damage from the Ferguson Protests can be seen in the boarded up windows at lower right.
Downtown, Berkeley, California

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Built in 1915, this Renaissance-Revival building is in the middle of the civic center district of Berkeley. There are some nice WPA era murals and Bras-Reliefs inside . The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

There was talk of selling off the post office as far back as I was there ( around 2009), but it seems the US Postal Service moved forward in 2013, sparking fierce local opposition. This included a massive sit-in and various lawsuits including by the city and the National Trust. As of January 2015, after potential buyers pulled out, the US Postal Service has claimed the building is now "off the market". It is unclear what will happen to this building.
Downtown, Berkeley, California

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On November 24, 2014, as widely expected, a grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown. Protests, sometimes violent, immediately broke out across the country, blaming inherent police racism, officer brutality, the militarization of the police, and the secretive nature of grand juries.

In Berkeley protests broke out on December 6 in downtown, and have flared on and off ever since. While the protests were largely peaceful, certain provocateurs seemed to take the opportunity to loot and vandalize shops, and threaten bystanders. The police response was equally controversial, with tear gas and firing sandbags, engaging with various elements. As the weeks wore on, the violence in the protests gradually died down, as the protesters shifted towards blocking major thoroughfares, including Highway 880, BART, and Amtrak, and staging "die-ins".

I am torn about this whole thing. Darren Wilson seems like a major jackass, and it seems likely that he heavily contributed to the resultant death of Michael Brown through his acts of escalation, which does seem in keeping with the increased aggressiveness and otherness I've observed in the police. Yet the letter of the law, if not the spirit, seems to have been observed, and from a legally I don't see how the jury could have decided otherwise. The answer seems to be more public information, police outreach, and less blind respect for the police. I was in Berkeley for four years, and observed the protests such as that following the death of Oscar Grant / (others were admittedly quite stupid, like the Memorial Stadium Tree Protest). Yet I do not recall people smashing stores or setting fire to cars and beating up shop owners, and the current actions disturb me greatly. The protests do seem to have at least gradually ended its anarchist violence though (after an odd and tasteless "artistic" hanging of lynching victims on Sather Gate ) and shifted towards more acceptable actions like blocking traffic and annoying the hell out of commuters.

Interesting NY Times Article: www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/us/berkeley-protests.html?_r=0
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California

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