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The lesser known Tenderloin

judi Iranyi | United States

4 Corner Friday event in the Streets of the Tenderloin

The Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's most crime-ridden neighborhoods, lies in the middle of the city, not far from city hall and the tony neighborhood of Nob Hill. All the media has been focusing on the people living on the street, the drug dealers and the crime. No one ever sees the the real Tenderloin. It is the most integrated section of the city. It is home to a large South East Asian community, a Latino community, Black community, Arab community (mostly Yemeni) and Whites. There are more children living in the Tenderloin than in the rest of San Francisco. Most of the people live in small rooms (SRO’s) with shared bathroom facilities. Because of the small living space a lot of life happens in the street and community spaces like Boedekker Park, Park and Recreational facilities and public play grounds. There are small nonprofits that provide programs and entertainment for the families. Most service are provided by nonprofits that are housed in the Tenderloin, because that is the only place that they can afford the rent.

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