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The Lorin is one of the most diverse, artistic and transit accessible commercial districts in the City of Berkeley. The district is home to the South Berkeley Farmers market, boasts a thriving art and antiques cluster and is home to Shotgun Players and Berkeley Black Repertory Theater. It is also fast becoming an emerging food scene with an impressive assortment of new eating and drinking establishments
It is also the southernmost gateway into the City. With direct access to Highway 24 from Adeline Street and Interstate 80 from Ashby Avenue, the district boasts an intermodal array of options for visitors including the Ashby BART and AC Transit bus lines, including Transbay bus stops with direct access to San Francisco.
The Lorin was founded as the unincorporated town or settlement of Lorin, the last stop before Berkeley along the Berkeley Branch line of the Central Pacific (later, Southern Pacific). In the early 1900s, the people of Lorin elected to be annexed to the City of Berkeley, and the name vanished slowly faded from use. Its historic character is reflected in its many beautiful old commercial buildings and charming residential neighborhoods that surround it.