Drawing by Ariel Dovas

Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! After a bit of a lazy Thanksgiving week (we swear someone spiked the turkey), we finally got around to compiling all the surveys some of you filled out during the last TenderNight happy hour event. We got 60+ surveys thanks to the motivation of winning some great prizes in the raffle (although we’d like to think you also wanted to publicly share your love for the neighborhood and denounce the bad stuff in hopes of improvement).

Basically, here’s the scoop: you guys love food and hate poop! (shocking, I know)

It’s been hard to compile the two lists since many of you got creative with your answers or decided to draw insted, such as the two illustrating this post. Also, there’s a lot of overlap of things that are great or not so great about the neighborhood but aren’t exactly the same (for example, we spent some time pondering whether the bad smell should be its own reason to hate the neighborhood, or if it’s already included under poop & piss). So we ended up including ALL of the answers nearly verbatim (some of you have an awful [drunken?] handwriting, just sayin’) after the culled-down list, for your detailed analysis.

The two lists are illustrated by the answers of an anonymous TenderReader who decided to draw instead of writing. Also, Tender friend Alyssa Jones devoted two haikus to the neighborhood, which you can enjoy below:

Love haiku:

The twenty-seven
Scenic rides through the ‘Loin
Bush. I’m alone

Hate haiku:

Pizza everywhere
No! Dammit! I don’t want that!
I just stepped in poop…

Drawing by Jellystones

So without further ado, go check out the vox populi’s Top 10 Reasons to Hate the Tenderloin and Top 10 Reasons to Love the Tenderloin! And of course, do let us know what you think of the results.