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Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley

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Telegraph Avenue is a street that begins, at its southernmost point, in the midst of the historic downtown district of Oakland, California, United States, and ends, at its northernmost point, at the southern edge of the University of California campus in Berkeley, California. It is approximately 4.5 miles (7 km) in length.Among some Berkeley residents, especially University of California students, Telegraph refers mainly to a four-block section just south of the university, from Bancroft Way (which borders the campus) to Dwight Way. As a center of campus and community life, this section of Telegraph Avenue is home to many restaurants, bookstores, and clothing shops, along with street vendors occupying its wide sidewalks. Here Telegraph Avenue attracts a diverse audience of visitors, including college students, tourists, artists, street punks, eccentrics, and the homeless.HistoryOriginsTelegraph Avenue originated from several separately named thoroughfares.In 1859, a telegraph line was constructed between Oakland and Martinez by the Alta Telegraph Company, and the existing roads which ran alongside it were then renamed The Telegraph Road. The segment of the Telegraph Road which ran from downtown Oakland out to the Peralta estate in Temescal was first known as the "Peralta Road". The segment which ran to and up Harwood's (now Claremont) Canyon was first known as "Harwood's Road".
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  • September 14, 2017
    Beautiful street that forms the core of Berkeley, perfect for shopping or just a walk to the Center. There are many shops and many restaurants and is populated by students as it is very close to UC Berkeley!
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  • September 13, 2017
    The street scene here goes back over 50 years, the vibe is about the same counter culture thing that it has always been, just the charactors change as well as the shops ... This is another part of Ber...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Great People Watching and unique shopping with a nod to the ^0's and the Summer of Love. The home of the Free Speech Movement and amazing new restaurants.  more »

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