Solano Avenue

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Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany, California is a two-mile (3.2 km) long east-west street.wikipedia
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Albany, California

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Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany, California is a two-mile (3.2 km) long east-west street.
The principal shopping street in Albany is Solano Avenue, which cuts across the city from west to east.

Berkeley, California

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Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany, California is a two-mile (3.2 km) long east-west street.

Andronico's

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Landmarks along this segment of the street include the Oaks Theater, a movie palace built in 1925, which has recently closed down, and the first Andronico's grocery store, formerly known as "Andronico's Park and Shop" (for a time, simply "Park and Shop").
Its first store was founded in 1929 on Berkeley's Solano Avenue by Greek immigrant Frank Andronico.

Northbrae Tunnel

Solano Avenue thus passes through the Northbrae Tunnel (constructed in 1911 by the Southern Pacific, and now also referred to as the Solano Ave. Tunnel ), which curves to the south.
The Northbrae Tunnel, also referred to as the Solano Avenue Tunnel, was built as a commuter electric railroad tunnel in the northern part of Berkeley, California, and was later converted to street use.

Solano Avenue Stroll

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Every year on the second Sunday of September, businesses along Solano Avenue host a street festival called the Solano Avenue Stroll.
The Solano Avenue Stroll, also known as the Solano Stroll, is an annual street fair held on the second Sunday of September on the Solano Avenue shopping district of Albany and Berkeley, California.

Thousand Oaks, Berkeley, California

Thousand Oaks
Between the Albany city limits and The Alameda, Solano Avenue is the main shopping area of Berkeley's Thousand Oaks neighborhood.
The principal shopping area is Solano Avenue, along the southern edge of the neighborhood.

East Bay Electric Lines

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After crossing The Alameda, Solano Avenue enters a former electric railroad right-of-way, originally constructed by the Southern Pacific for its Shattuck Avenue line suburban trains, and after 1941, used by the Key System for its F-line trains.

Key System

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After crossing The Alameda, Solano Avenue enters a former electric railroad right-of-way, originally constructed by the Southern Pacific for its Shattuck Avenue line suburban trains, and after 1941, used by the Key System for its F-line trains.

Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley, California

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AC Transit currently operates bus service on Solano Avenue, and three local bus lines connect Solano to Downtown Berkeley.
Others which came a bit later were the Elmwood area along College near Ashby, San Pablo Avenue, South Berkeley (formerly the Lorin District) and Thousand Oaks along Solano Avenue.

California

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Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany, California is a two-mile (3.2 km) long east-west street.

Albany Hill

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Solano Avenue begins, at its western end, on the southern slope of Albany Hill, next to the I-80/I-580 interchange and Union Pacific railroad tracks.

Interstate 80 in California

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Solano Avenue begins, at its western end, on the southern slope of Albany Hill, next to the I-80/I-580 interchange and Union Pacific railroad tracks.

Interstate 580 (California)

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Solano Avenue begins, at its western end, on the southern slope of Albany Hill, next to the I-80/I-580 interchange and Union Pacific railroad tracks.

Union Pacific Railroad

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Solano Avenue begins, at its western end, on the southern slope of Albany Hill, next to the I-80/I-580 interchange and Union Pacific railroad tracks.

California State Route 123

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At San Pablo Avenue, Solano bends slightly to the south; this is the start of the shopping district. Founded in 1974/75 by Ira Klein, who managed Berkeley boutique "The Iris", the event initially began on the East end of Solano Avenue as an "open house" of Solano Avenue retail businesses, and eventually included the entire Solano shopping district between San Pablo Avenue in Albany and The Alameda in Berkeley.

Main Street

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Solano Avenue serves as the de facto Main Street of Albany, and initially, this was in fact its name within the city of Albany.

Bay Area Rapid Transit

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Solano passes under the elevated BART tracks at Masonic Avenue.

City limits

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Between the Albany city limits and The Alameda, Solano Avenue is the main shopping area of Berkeley's Thousand Oaks neighborhood.

Movie palace

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Landmarks along this segment of the street include the Oaks Theater, a movie palace built in 1925, which has recently closed down, and the first Andronico's grocery store, formerly known as "Andronico's Park and Shop" (for a time, simply "Park and Shop").

Southern Pacific Transportation Company

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After crossing The Alameda, Solano Avenue enters a former electric railroad right-of-way, originally constructed by the Southern Pacific for its Shattuck Avenue line suburban trains, and after 1941, used by the Key System for its F-line trains.

Car

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The Key trains ran here until 1958, when the system was dismantled and the right-of-way was converted to automobile use, opening on December 15, 1962.

Street fair

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Every year on the second Sunday of September, businesses along Solano Avenue host a street festival called the Solano Avenue Stroll.

Boutique

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Founded in 1974/75 by Ira Klein, who managed Berkeley boutique "The Iris", the event initially began on the East end of Solano Avenue as an "open house" of Solano Avenue retail businesses, and eventually included the entire Solano shopping district between San Pablo Avenue in Albany and The Alameda in Berkeley.

Improvisational theatre

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Local businesses and vendors set up booths along both sides of the street and sell clothing, jewelry, art and food items to the public; in recent times, theatre troupes, puppet shows and amusement rides have also been a part of the festival.

Puppetry

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Local businesses and vendors set up booths along both sides of the street and sell clothing, jewelry, art and food items to the public; in recent times, theatre troupes, puppet shows and amusement rides have also been a part of the festival.