Post office protest by Daniel Parks
The Berkeley Downtown Post Office. Photo: Daniel Parks

Ever since news broke that the U.S. Postal Service had plans to sell Berkeley’s main post office on Allston Way, city and state officials, community activists and preservationists have been trying to stop the sale. They contend the historic structure was built with public funds and should stay in the public domain, that the historic murals inside need to be available to all, and that the post office’s “financial crisis” is contrived. In an Opinionator piece published this week, former Berkeley resident John E. Parman, who now lives in England, said he could see the building as a “weatherproof Fourth Street in the tradition of a European public market just steps from Berkeley BART.” Click the links above to view his story and share your thoughts.

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