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“Step carefully!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue
, Berkeley, CA
415 869 8661
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Ranked #40 of 66 things to do in Berkeley
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing, People-watching
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Owner description: Almost as if we haven't lost a moment of time... Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is still so reminiscent of the 60's that you will feel as if you have traveled back in time when you visit Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. The shops and eateries are a mix of quintessential hippie-dom mixed with the current U.C. Berkeley modern day student. Both seem to blend together in a medley that makes shopping and eating here almost a cultural or historical trek as well as a great shopping one.
Berkeley, California
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6 reviews
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“Step carefully!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

It's so to see how Telegraph Ave. has declined in recent years. There is still interesting shopping over the 4 blocks just south of campus, but the vibrant Cody's Books and the charming Tienda Hol, among many others, are gone. Berkeley voted against the "sit lie" ordinance last year, and dozens of people live on the side walk. One must step carefully! -- and begging is rampant. It just isn't fun any more.

Visited January 2013
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San Lorenzo, California
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“A slum”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

It is a shame that the major street leading to the University of California is full of home street people and beggars.

Visited November 2012
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Oakland, California
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“Back to the sixties”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Run down buildings, run down people, dirty. I went to UCBerkeley and lived off Telegraph. Easier to take the scene when you are 20 years old than 65.

Visited November 2012
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Oakland, California
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“Beginning to be a bit run down”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The heart of the counterculture/hipster/student shopping scene butted up against the campus. It has seen better days, but there are usually some artisans selling jewelry, etc. to amuse the tourists.

Visited December 2012
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Berkeley, California
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“skanky, but if you're a bohemian college student, pretty cool”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I'm not a bohemian college student any more, so the homeless youth sitting around with their dogs are just sad. Also, too much incense in the air, and tchockes for sale.

Visited October 2012
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