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There can be any number of reasons to object to a new high-rise apartment building going up in your community. Berkeley, California residents, for instance, are not thrilled about a developer’s proposal to build a five-story building that would also contain a small café and a suite of studios for low-income folks. But as the hyperlocal news site Berkeleyside reports, some residents think the proposal – which recently underwent a major revision after five years of debate – is still too big and unwieldy for their tastes. Among the specific complaints: the building’s height would invade the privacy of surrounding neighbors, with one neighbor specifically griping that it would block his access to “sunlight, air and solar potential.” City leaders are still far from a decision on the project, but it is not hard to understand why native Californians refer to Berkeley as “Beserkeley.”