South Berkeley, Berkeley, California

South Berkeley, Berkeley, California

South Berkeley, Berkeley, California

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South Berkeley is a neighborhood in the city of Berkeley, California. It extends roughly from Dwight Way to the city’s border with Oakland, between Telegraph Avenue in the east and either Sacramento Street or San Pablo Avenue in the west. It lies at an elevation of 102 feet (31 m).

Demographics

This neighborhood is the center for Berkeley's African-American community, with a population of 9,341 that is roughly 52% African American. Traditionally, it was considered to be the most economically depressed portion of Berkeley; however, as rent has risen in the city over the past several years, South Berkeley has become more attractive to students and other young people, and rents in the area have become comparable to other, more affluent Berkeley neighborhoods. South Berkeley is crisscrossed by bus lines and is arguably among the most bicycle-friendly areas of the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently, the neighbhorhood has become home to Cooperative Roots, a nonprofit dedicated to building sustainable, affordable cooperative housing. The first two pilot cooperative houses, Fort Awesome and Fort Radical, are located on King Street near the Berkeley-Oakland border.

History

Along Ashby Avenue, the Union Pacific once ran a trolley that took passengers to the shoreline, which at the time extended along what is now San Pablo Avenue. South Berkeley has been the East Bay mecca for sports. From highly competitive Softball leagues to the...
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