OAKLAND — The Oakland Post Newspaper Building, located on Thomas L. Berkley Way in downtown Oakland, is being torn down and turned into rubble. The landmark is being razed to make way for a new $70 million development by developer, Alan Dones of Strategic Urban Development Alliance. The Post Newspaper Building was made a landmark by the late icon Thomas L. Berkley, the lawyer, newspaper publisher, international business scion, Port Commissioner, and California World Trades Commissioner. The new development, Thomas L. Berkley Square, will be named in his honor. Pictured is Roy Gardner, longtime security guard in the rear of the post building, being demolished on Wednesday, July 21, 2004.
Originally published in the Sunday Morning News on July 25, 2004