Life of a Pilot Program, and Why We Want to Get Back to the Turk-Hyde Mini Park

The Turk Hyde Mini Park Pilot Program was a great success. TLCBD and our partners set out to create a safe, clean, welcoming atmosphere on an extremely troubled park. We cultivated community member buy-in while transforming the negative uses of the park into positive experiences. During the pilot program, we served 2,308 people and programmed 123 activations. Most of all, we invested in people, and the people made the difference.

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Tenderloin Pride Shines Through Eighth Grade Poetry [SF Weekly]

SF Weekly has released their sixth neighborhood issue, focusing on the our beloved Tenderloin. Stories in the issue include a look at two small businesses and the rewards and challenges of operating in the neighborhood, essential places to dine (who did they miss?), Tenderloin demographics, an upcoming interactive play about the Compton's Cafeteria Riot produced by the Tenderloin Museum, and lastly the remarkable, uplifting and prideful poetry of the De Marillac students. SF Weekly shares what we've known all along, "that the Tenderloin is the friendliest neighborhood in San Francisco."

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Tenderloin has retained its character and low-income housing [SF Chronicle Opinion]

One of two Tenderloin opinion pieces solicited in SF Chronicle's January 4th issue. THC Executive Director Randy Shaw shares his view on the neighborhood's ability to retain its character while welcoming an unprecedented amount of economic development in recent years. While lauding the neighborhood's achievements, Shaw points to one thing holding it back from reaching its full potential.

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Dinh Tran, skater from Tenderloin, medals at nationals [The Mercury News]

Tran lives with his mom and brothers in a studio and has pursued his passion for figure skating with tenacity and grace. We're happy to learn, as the above-headline reads, that Tran did quite well, snagging a silver medal in the US Junior Mens National tournament. Congratulations to Tran and his entire family.

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Equitable development is within reach in SF’s Tenderloin [SF Chronicle Opinion]

One of two Tenderloin opinion pieces solicited in SF Chronicle's January 4th issue. TNDC CEO Don Falk shares the work of initiatives that approach development through a yes/if lens, and points to the Tenderloin Development with Displacement Plan, which welcomes development given there are benefits to mitigate affects of displacement while making current, low income Tenderloin residents the priority.

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Save The Date: Tenderloin Talk LIVE January 24th

Please save the date for the next Tenderloin Talk Live on January 24th at 5PM. We will continue the quality of life conversation, reporting back on what we heard at our previous event and presenting our strategy and work plan for improving quality of life in the Tenderloin.

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Microsoft Throws Safe Passage Families Amazing Holiday Party

During the celebration, Program Director Kate Robinson reflected on the growth of Safe Passage from an entirely volunteer operation started by neighborhood moms in 2008. Our Tenderloin resident Corner Captains have become the heart and soul of our organization. It means so much to us that Microsoft would put this together to honor their commitment and to bring extra joy to their families during the holidays.

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