By Dorothy Brown
There is something mysterious and perhaps even romantic about abandoned spaces. The rust and decay can have a certain kind of beauty, and can engage our imaginations as we wonder what the place might have been like in its prime. Movies often employ a time-fade technique where decrepitude is gradually replaced by the life and color of earlier years. A different time.
How strange, then, to witness the day the change happens. The day a familiar site goes from lively to off-limits.
On July 22, 2015, without warning or ceremony, the Berkeley Pier was fenced off and closed to the public. The pier has long been a favorite spot for fisherfolk, runners, strollers, and anyone who appreciates a knockout view and a breathtaking sunset. I always found it a friendly place.
A recent inspection determined that the pier is structurally unsound and unsafe. If the money can be found for the project, the city will rebuild. But frankly, that seems unlikely.
It makes me sad. The pier served us well for almost 90 years. It seems that calls for some little recognition. So here, with gratitude, is a view of the pier.
This photo essay first appeared on Dorothy Brown’s website, and was reposted here with permission.
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