I am OUTRAGED that some half-witted Alamedans have been giving our mayor credit for single-handedly tearing down Alameda's own Berlin Wall that separated the Post Office from the rest of South Shore Center. Sure, she may have uttered those now-famous words, "This wall must come down!" However, if the Post Office was already in rapid decline, rather than in the ascendency that she believed, then the massive masonry build-up at South Shore Center in the 1960s was not decisive; it was excessive. The terrible pedestrian bloodshed in the road leading to the Post Office was not some necessary evil; it was a war crime aided and abetted by the mayor's administration!
The credit belongs to the many ordinary citizens who ended the government blockade of the shopping center parking lot with their own hands, demolishing that soulless wall by any means available to us. I have a chunk of that wall displayed on my mantelpiece, complete with a fragment of revolutionary grafitti, as a reminder of the time when Alamedans could not walk freely from grocery store to mail slot.
I realize that it's tempting to give the mayor credit just because something she worked on appears to have turned out OK, but right-thinking Alamedans know better than to satisfy themselves with this easy solution. After all, we FEEL that the mayor must be wrong, and so it's just a simple matter of figuring out why!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007