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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, USA, 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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  • I used to love to shop Telegraph, especially the bookstores and record stores, and stop for something light to eat. Now I avoid it because almost all the good stores are gone and the street is swarmin...  read more »
  • More student-friendly shops, grocery and restaurant prices are cheaper. The flea market is open and bustling with tourists and local residents at the time.
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  • Very long avenue that connects the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, California, with plenty of life. Along the same, about 3 km. There are numerous services, shops, restaurants of all kinds and bars.
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  • Made it to berkeley summer 1968 right out of puberty. Next 7 years there defined me..
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