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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the moment TLCBD communications staff discussed regularly nominating heroes, Safe Passage Corner Captains put forth Officer Eric Robinson as a ‘must recognize’. Have a nomination for our neighborhood heroes column? Tell Fernando@tlcbd.org. Acts of beauty and courage are never too small, and at this time nominations of any kind are considered.
Supervisor Kim's office along with La Voz Latina (with support from the Tenderloin community by way of donations) have been working directly with the families affected and displaced by the fire which took place at 545 O'Farrell on November 30th. Seventy Tenderloin neighbors, many of them working class families including children with special needs, have been affected. At publication time, the "2017 Tenderloin Fire Victims Fund" GoFundMe has raised $31,156.00 through 154 donors. We've received word that Twitter has pledged an additional $2,500.
With the holidays upon us, it’s easy to fall into the trap of purchasing the usual knickknacks. Here are several opportunities to gift authentic items in and around the Tenderloin while connecting with and supporting local businesses, artists, and makers.
While students were out of school during the Thanksgiving holiday, Safe Passage Corner Captains took time for personal enrichment with a safety training organized by Tenderloin Station officer Yossef Azim.