Lightroom: Permissions error accessing catalog after upgrading to Lion

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I am getting this error message when opening Lightroom 3 after installing Lion. The Lion installation was not simple. It took me an hour with Apple tech support to regain access to my normal sign in account.
Here is the message.
The Lightroom catalog cannot be used because the parent folder “/Users/thomasbarry/Pictures/Lightroom” does not allow files to be created within it.
How can I rectify this issue?
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Thomas Barry

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Official Response
Sounds like your OS has 'permissions' problems - which is probably why the upgrade to Lion didn't go smoothly in general. Personally, I'd do a clean install of Lion to get back to fresh state. Otherwise, you can use the following document from Apple to address permissions issues with OS X:

Troubleshooting permissions issues in Mac OS X