Many doubted it would ever come to pass, but construction work has started at the long-vacant lot at Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue in Southside Berkeley.
To glimpse Telegraph Avenue as its visionaries and community leaders see it is to view a thriving, bustling European-like utopia, complete with pedestrian plaza, solar-powered trash cans, and enough parklets and bicycle racks to make even the most cynical hipster swoon.
As Cal students return to campus, we visit the avenue which has visibly changed in the past year. Local merchants, and the TBID that represents them, say more positive transformations are on the way.
By Lisa Tsering