The city of Berkeley, located in Alameda County, is one of the nation’s most progressive cities. Home to a University of California campus, Berkeley is 17.7 square miles with a population of approximately 112, 580. It is accessible by Interstate 80, Interstate 580, and Highway 13.
The area around the university is heavily-trafficked both by residents and visitors. It is accessible by foot, car, the BART train, and AC transit buses. There are numerous landmarks and cultural points of interest including the Berkeley Marina, the Berkeley Rose Garden, Tilden Park, Lawrence Hall of Science, Telegraph Avenue and People’s Park, Hearst Greek Theater, La Pena Cultural Center, The Freight and Salvage, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Pacific Film Archive.
In addition to its liberal reputation and bustling college campus, Berkeley is known for its unusual and pioneering businesses, some of which no longer exist. Among these businesses are: Chez Panisse, Peet’s Coffee, 924 Gilman, Cody’s Bookstore, and The Nature Company. [Read more…]