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One of the oldest human settlements in the East Bay, the name Temescal, or temescalli in the Uto-Aztecan family of languages, commemorates the sweat houses that once used to line the creek that flows through this neighborhood. Since those times, the creek has been traversed by horses, wagons, telegraphs, streetcars and buses. If you make your way into the residential areas of the neighborhood, you can still find remnants of Temescal Creek before it disappears under Telegraph Avenue. Above ground, you’ll find bike lanes with commuters heading to and from downtown Oakland, parklets overflowing with people eating gourmet food and a hidden alley full of boutique shops – all part of what makes Temescal such a popular and vibey place.

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