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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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  • 9 years ago during our first visit to Berkeley (we visit family there on an yearly basis) Telegraph Avenue was hustling and bustling with every sight, sound and taste imaginable - giving one the sense...  more »
  • There's good and bad here - lots of history, some nice new shops and restaurants (Mezzo, Sinaloa) but still very dirty, but I guess that's part of the scene.  more »
  • Every hippie cliche imaginable. There are still local businesses but it is starting to be overrun with chains.  more »

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