San Francisco

The Tenderloin

In all my life living in the borough of the Bronx in the “biggest, baddest” city of them all—I’ve never seen such an impoverished area as the Tenderloin here in San Francisco.

On our way to SoMA from Nob Hill, Louie and I walked the path provided to us by Google Maps without thinking too much about what neighborhood we were walking through. It didn’t take long to notice it was Tenderloin.

I’ve never seen so many homeless & crazy people concentrated into one, smelly neighborhood like that before. Not even the South Bronx is that bad, and it makes Harlem look like Upper West in comparison. I was anxious the entire time we were walking through it. I’ve never felt that uncomfortable in a city before.

Needless to say, I will be staying as far away from this neighborhood as possible from now on. It’s just weird that it’s situated right in the middle of all the nice parts of SF—SoMA, Union Square, Financial District, Nob Hill, etc.

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  • Reply Carolynne May 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Eek, that would have been a little scary, eh?! Good thing Louie was with you. I would have been clutching his arm so bad. I have to laugh, because I never thought I’d hear a New Yorker saying there was a crazier place! 😉

    • Reply Erica May 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      See, this is what I mean! Everyone’s opinion of NYC as the “biggest, baddest” city is so wrong. Well, okay, it is the biggest. But it’s certainly not the baddest.

      And no, I wasn’t clutching Louie’s arm. We were just holding hands but I walked faster than I normally do. I was kinda tugging him along.

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