Steven Tupper 
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Re: “Berkeley at a Crossroads

Just wondering - is the Express really trying to blow its credibility? Opening up the print edition last week, there was this story with an accompanying photo (not in the online edition) of a deserted-looking 4th St., one lonely old camper truck and nobody around. The story and photo caption claim this was a typical weekday scene, and that the buildings in the photo were "mostly abandoned." This is blatantly false. First off, if you are reading this, please take a short drive down that block on any weekday. Go ahead, do it. It's packed with cars; if you need to get out, you'll have a hard time finding a place to park. So when was the photo taken? Perhaps on a Sunday, or maybe on a holiday, but on a typical weekday? Not possible, sorry.

Now, about the "abandoned" claim. The large, long building on the left (it takes up the whole block) is the Wine.com warehouse. Nope, not abandoned. And of course all the people who work in that warehouse (and in all the other the surrounding businesses) are parking on the street, hence the crowding. It's closed on the weekend by the way, except for the small retail section which is only closed on Sunday. The tallish black building (background right) is also apparently not abandoned. It's hard to say what's going on in there, but with the lights on and stuff in the windows, you couldn't say it was abandoned. The multi-unit commercial building on the far side of it (not visible in the photo) is occupied by functioning businesses, not abandoned. Vik's used to be in that building, until it moved to a much bigger place farther down 4th St. The light colored building directly on the right (the old Berkeley Pump building) and the building next to it do not look occupied, rather they seem to have been taken off the to-lease market some time ago by the owner, Doug Herst. Anybody care to find out why?

These aren't the only false claims in the article, but it was the obviously wrong photo that struck me first, and besides if I tried to rebut the entire piece it would be so long nobody would bother reading it. This is enough however. Express, consider your credibility gone.

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Posted by Steven Tupper on 10/14/2012 at 9:51 PM

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