Telegraph Avenue’s Desolation Row

Posted in Telegraph Avenue on January 29th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Jan. 28, 2016

Desolation Row. Photo by Ted Friedman

It’s been called lower Telegraph, the Fourth Block, and all around shit-hole.

While vacancies dot the length of Berkeley’s Telegraph, Avenue, the desolate
state of Block Four is ridickelis (sic.).

First, Shakespeare’s books, a Telegraph Ave. 55 year landmark closed, as the building hosting it was about to be renovated. The owner retired.
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Berkeley Fire Site Survives 2nd Burn

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on January 20th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Jan. 19, 2016

A SOUTHSIDE TALE

Fire on the site. Photo by Ted Friedman

November 2011, Sequoia Apartments was destroyed by fire, a major blow to Berkeley’s once vital intersection at Telegraph/Haste. Yesterday, the New Sequoia—nearing completion by year’s end—dodged flames to its rear while reconstruction continued up front.
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Berkeley Student Revolt Revives

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on January 9th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Jan. 8, 2016

BERKELEY’S NEW WAVE DEMOS

Protestors head for city council to protest latest homeless street regs, Dec.1.
Photo by Ted Friedman

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Berkeley Fair to Remember

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on December 30th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Dec. 29, 2015

Hail Solar: hail hitting the tent. Photo by Ted Friedman

There’s something about Berkeley’s annual Holiday street fair. Our job is to finger that something.

You can assist. We’ll do a sing along. Follow the bouncing finger from C.B. deMile’s the Greatest Show on Earth.”

“…so take today and make it gay
For there are too many tears along the way….”

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Bad Luck Block

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on December 14th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Dec. 13, 2015

HARD LUCK BERKELEY BLOCK

Hard Luck Block hailed on, hit by 50 mph winds, at Holiday Fair.
Photo by Ted Friedman

A series of bad luck breaks makes Telegraph’s Block Four a hard luck block.

I’m talking about the block of which I often write, four blocks South of Bancroft. Or one block South from Haste to Dwight.

I write from the Dustin Hoffman table (beneath “the Graduate” photo of Hoffman at the Caffe Mediterraneum film shoot, 1967). A grey, wintry mood engulfs the avenue.

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Clowning Around at Cal

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on December 9th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Dec. 7, 2015

STONEY BURKE UP TO OLD TRICKS

Stoney Burke, Back @ U.C. Berkeley. Photo by Ted Friedman

They should make Steed Dropout emeritus at U.C. Berkeley. Dropout’s been on campus daily for 40 odd years, looking for odd.
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Trump Assassination Risk, Real or Reel?

Posted in Film Reviews, The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on November 30th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Nov. 29, 2015

TRUMP TRUMPS BEALE, ET AL.

Howard Beale, left.

I don’t know what to do about…the economy and the Russians and the crime in the street.

All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad.

You’ve gotta say, “I’m a human being, goddammit! My life has value!”
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Bad Berkeley Fire Fails to Fell
Telegraph Ave. Apartments

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on November 25th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Nov. 24, 2015

IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE

Photo by Ted Friedman.

“It could have been worse,” said Stu Baker, of a two-alarm fire at Berkeley’s Chandler Apts. Baker is the voice of Telegraph Avenue businessmen.

Ranked by Berkeley Fire a “full assignment” fire, the blaze brought four fire trucks, a command vehicle, seventeen firefighters, paramedic vans and hoses pumping 400 gallons per minute—a real blast.
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Of Columnists and Contests

Posted in Med Heads & Cafe Culture, The Berkeley Scene on November 21st, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Nov. 20, 2015

I’m posting from Berkeley’s
Caffe Mediterraneum

Dustin Hoffman is looking over my shoulder. I don’t need to turn around to verify that. But when I do, I see that he’s not looking at me at all. He’s looking at Moe’s books.

Hoffman is trapped in a picture frame at the Med in “the Graduate,” 1967.

Hoffmann seems riveted to his view of Telegraph, which is Westward, but the best window view is Northward—where a stream of converging Southsiders and weekend slum- tourists from the burbs stumbles steadily nearer, like characters from “Night of the Living Dead.”
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Lots of Ifs to High Hopes
for New Berkeley Pot Club

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on November 15th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Nov. 14, 2015

High Hopes at Amoeba. Photo by Ted Friedman.

A lot of pieces must line up if Berkeley’s Amoeba, an independent music and video store is to dispense cannabis on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue.

At a formal pot pitch, Thursday evening at Amoeba, Marc Weinstein and his business partner, David Prince traced the Berkeley store’s declining customer base, while boasting of Amoeba’s support for Berkeley causes.

As would anyone with a product to sell, Weinstein praised marijuana while pledging to provide the best organic-strains, grown under the best conditions.
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