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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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  • Lots to do, see, and eat! Great to walk down and walk into the shops like the Chinese bakery on the corner, T-Shirt Orgy, Rasputin Music, and Cream.  more »
  • It is sorry to see the demise and corporate takeover of Telegraph Ave. Once cool, with great independent stores--bookstores, cafes and the like-- it is now dirty and grubby, with chain outlets and the...  more »
  • Great variety of shops and restaurants. You need more than one day to see it all. Some of the stuff for sale borders on the unique.  more »