Being tired of hearing statements like this tweet below by DJDanLo is the reason that this blog got started to pay tribute to our neighborhood.

Tweet by DJDanLo

Of course, in all fairness, Cleve Jones played by Emile Hirsch in Milk asking, “Why does the Tenderloin always smell like piss?” is a valid question. Yeah, it’s dirty. It’s grungy. There are people shooting up/ defecating/ begging/ sleeping across the sidewalk/ not showering in plain daylight. There are hookers out in the open. There are dealers on the corners (’cause where else you gonna get your OCs?) When walking from North Beach at night, people advise us that we won’t be safe. But, the Tenderloin/Tendernob area of San Francisco also has some real gems to it. And real people. There are great places to eat, small cool galleries, and a vibrant atmosphere that we enjoy everyday. We’re tempted to keep these to ourselves, but our hood needs to get some love because we think it has been treated unfairly and too easily dismissed by people from other areas of the city.

In full disclosure, let’s get a few things out of the way:

  • We love to eat and we love cheap eats
  • We are Geeks Without Macs
  • We’re known to nap in Dolores Park from time to time
  • We love small, locally owned businesses
  • We walk most everywhere
  • We love Translink Clipper
  • We’re not afraid of human contact when we walk down Leavenworth to get to the Civic Center Station
  • We despise the Academy of Art
  • We like cats and dogs equally, but we tend to photograph doggies in the neighborhood more often (but cats too)

And that’s us. This blog is here to show all the things we see on a daily basis, living in the Tenderloin/TenderNob/Civic Center area.