All right, so we’re kind of putting words in people’s mouths. But that does seem to be the subtext of a recent survey conducted by the UC Graduate Assembly and Associated Students of the University of California, which found Berkeley students reluctant to patronize the Telegraph Avenue and downtown districts for anything other than food.
After all, three-quarters of respondents said the streets are too dirty, and 65 percent complained that there are too many homeless hanging around. About that many also stated that they don’t feel safe enough walking around — the main danger ostensibly being big scary “street people” (as Berkeleyside has dubbed them). These issues, plus the apparently poor selection of stores, send students to Emeryville and San Francisco for shopping, employment and basically all services outside of noms.
We’re going to have to call shenanigans on this one. For starters, if safety’s an issue, heading to the city makes zero sense — particularly when you factor a much higher and much scarier bum population into the equation. Same goes for dirtiness. And as for selection, nearly everyone who participated in the survey expressed a desire for an “all-purpose” store like Target. Um, kids, do you know where you are? Pretty sure one of Berkeley’s pluses is the glorious lack of Wal-Mart.
This isn’t to say we don’t have our fair share of complaints about this town, but our standards seem to differ from those of others’. For instance, one respondent lamented the loss of Blake’s as rendering the state of Telegraph “just sad.” We, on the other hand, tend to think the district’s aesthetic quality skyrocketed as a result.
But maybe that’s just us.
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