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Poll: Does Telegraph Avenue Need a Makeover?

Beset by fire, plagued by a derelict lot and prone to crime — Telegraph Avenue is suffering. Does this Berkeley classic need an overhaul?

Poll: Does Telegraph Avenue Need a Makeover?

It doesn't get more Berkeley than Telegraph Avenue. Here, long-time community activists mingle with students, while tourists and locals alike browse the handmade wares and hippie-era memorabelia being touted by street vendors. The restaurants and shops are as diverse as the people, and every block boasts a vibrant history.

But lately, Telegraph Avenue's famous vibe has been lacking. Business plumeted after right in the heart of the strip. Roads and paths were blocked by chain link fences while bulldozers tore down the corner of the block. On the other side of the street, became even more of a sore point.

To add insult to injury, students intimidated by crime and the denizens of People's Park are steering clear of the area, accoriding to a survey cited in this New York Times article.

So what is Telegraph Avenue to do to regain its former potency? 

Share your thoughts about the past, present and future of Telegraph Avenue in the comments.

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