Tenderloin

5:46pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Arts & Culture

Lives of the Tenderloin remembered

Marjorie Beggs and Tom Carter in their office
Laura Flynn

Nearly every city in the US has a Tenderloin. Here in San Francisco, it’s a neighborhood home to a dozen social service agencies, low-rent residential hotels, or SROs, and thousands of low-income – and-no-income – residents. Premature deaths from HIV/AIDS, heart disease, and complications from substance use and abuse mark the lives of many in the Tenderloin. It’s a part of the city known for open drug use. A place many people avoid and one where individual lives can be easily forgotten.

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3:13pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Sharing Economy: San Francisco's roving tailor

Treadle sewing machine. Under CC License.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelfrenzy/

The door to the Luggage Store Annex in San Francisco's Tenderloin district is unlocked on the 15th of each month, rain or shine, fog or wind, and a converted tamale cart is rolled onto the sidewalk. The man pushing it into place is Michael Swaine.

“People either call me the Sewing Guy or The Roving Tailor,” he says.

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5:02pm

Tue July 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Lost Landmarks: Time traveling in the Tenderloin

The site of the Blackhawk Jazz Club in the Tenderloin
Courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcbarnicle/3508231452/

I’m sitting on a brown leather couch inside Studio A at Hyde Street Recording in the Upper Tenderloin. A white baby grand piano sits to my left and a faded blue rug with pink roses lies on the hardwood floor in front of me. If you close your eyes and listen hard enough, you may be able to hear the sounds of San Francisco in the 60s.

Fifty years ago, this building was called Wally Heider Recording. And this room was used by the likes of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Starship.

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12:00pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Arts & Culture

Documentary play portrays real Tenderloin characters

Kathy and Leroy Looper (Rebecca Frank and David Sinaiko), owners of the Cadillac Hotel and Tenderloin community activists, describe the Tenderloin as a “containment zone”
Courtesy of cuttingball.com

San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood can be a difficult place to live. Almost a quarter of the neighborhood’s residents live below the poverty line. According to the police department, the Tenderloin accounts for more than a third of the city’s drug-related offenses.

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5:56pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Out in the Bay - Feb. 23, 2012

Marginalized faith communities featured in Santa Clara University museum photo exhibit

Vanessa, a transgender sex worker with her altar to Santa Muerte, in her SRO in San Francisco's Tenderloin. It's among many photos in Rick Nahmias' Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited, now in Santa Clara University's deSaisset Museum.
Rick Nahmias

Golden States of Grace: Documentary photographer Rick Nahmias spent more than three years researching, photographing, and taking oral histories of 11 California faith communities outside the religious mainstream - including transgender sex workers in San Francisco's Tenderloin who worship Santa Muerte, Zen Buddhist San Quentin inmates, and an AIDS ashram in West Hollywood.

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