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: “Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake”
I and my wife had the misfortune of renting a cottage on Wallace St. that directly abutted the east property line of the BMG. We were plagued by the disrespect shown by its clients to their residential neighbors.
If you want to draw your own conclusions, we invite you to linger on the sidewalk in front of BPG for a hour or so. Do so during their business hours after dark, and imagine yourselves as neighbors. Listen to all the guys revving up their twin-OHC muscle engine cars, usually with glass-pack mufflers (designed to make noise). Listen as they sit in their cars for five minutes with their engines idling. Listen to the maddening aplified low frequency noise entering the sound space from the trunk-installed sub-woofers of "boom cars." Listen to the cross-parking lot shouted conversations of clients.
Lastly, think "aesthetics." Do you want to have in your community a facility with a concertina wire protected chain-link fence? Do you want to share space with an enterprize, the outside of which, rife with galvanized garbage can planters, resembles nothing so much as the parking lot of a "reptile-farm" or of a tractor-haul arena along some rural southern highway.
For years, the residents of West Berkeley, to no avail, having been trying to get rid of its chronic air pollution that comes from Pacific Steel. Let BPG move next to PS, forming a tidy package of offensive air, noise, & aesthetic insult.
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