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June 23, 2022

Red flags, part 8

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

So someone in the comment mentioned that I should be focusing on integrity of the site rather than “attacking” the nominating party by simply point out facts that exist that she either got wrong in the nomination or glossed over in an attempt to bulk up the significance of the nomination. Integrity is important and it was the focus of one of my tweets. Specifically I was concerned with the staff report from SHPO/SHRC which argued that in the 18-19 years that had elapsed from when SHPO Knox Mellon had determined that the McKay site was ineligible for listing because its lack of integrity, the SHPO/SHRC staff person today thought that the site was more significant even after more modifications had been done to the site and more buildings had been demolished. From p. 45 of the PDF:

Naturally, the attribution to Harry Bruno is in serious doubt with the release of the full set of blueprints and Joseph Esherick only designed one building addition, a boiler room, which has since been demolished. Saying that simply because a building once stood that was designed by a master architect makes the entire site historic seems fairly incredible.

But let’s talk about integrity of the site, the 2021 memo from Page and Turnbull gives a good synopsis of why this is important and how the McKay site does not qualify:

And this is the conclusion from SHPO Knox Mellon in 2003 determining that there is little integrity and, therefore, significance left in the site, remember in 2003 they were using similar guidelines to determine integrity as what should be used today.

Then there was this from the 1996 Historic Building Preservation Plan and the 1996 historic nomination form:

I did snip out all the discussions of integrity from the 2022 nomination form but, honestly, it’s not worth posting because it’s subjective and only talks about about what integrity is remaining but it relies on the “feelings” of someone who really doesn’t want the area to be used for its targeted purpose right now so it’s perhaps not the best judge of what integrity remains on the site.

I do want to highlight that the 1996 nomination briefly discussed the significance of the buildings that were not part of the federal center. It does talk about how the two buildings currently being used by EBRPD are distinctive. I mean, personally I don’t think the infirmary (Crab Cove Visitors Center) is much to look at but the Boathouse is definitely something special. So, if we were doing any historical nominations, I would say the sole building would be it, if anything.


  1. Carmen Reid has less than a snowball’s chance to achieve her goal of delaying or stopping this homeless project. There is simply too much money, heavyweight political muscle, union pressure, and hard core progressive dogma to overcome. Yet only a fool thinks this center will have any affect at all on the homeless crisis, reduce the overall number off homeless, alleviate local housing pressures, lower rents, or achieve any demonstrable lessening of California’s overwhelming homeless crisis, driven by an over abundance of fentanyl and bottomless empathy. There will be increasing drug use, an open air drug market, discarded used needles, and petty crimes around the center when it finally opens, just as critics predicted, and it does impact children’s routes to school, but it’s not like children are protected now from seeing such things, as the homeless sprawl across sidewalks and major thoroughfares and the stink of urine and feces permeates major urban centers. Until we get a handle on closing the border, and stopping the flow of fentanyl into the United States, which killed 100,000 Americans over the last year, there will be no discernible change. Sad.

    Comment by Good Swimmer — June 23, 2022 @ 12:14 pm

    • You are absolutely disgusting, and you have a sick, warped mindset, probably poisoned by MAGA and Fox News. May you forever thrive in your own pit of misery, and I hope you do not drag anyone else into it.

      Comment by Mediocre Swimmer — June 23, 2022 @ 12:45 pm

    • Ok boomer.

      Comment by Lauren Do — June 23, 2022 @ 12:52 pm

    • Words fail ….

      Comment by Ron Mooney — June 24, 2022 @ 8:40 am

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