Federal drug crackdown yields 32 arrests in notoriously drug-heavy San Francisco neighborhood [USA Today]

U.S. Attorney David Anderson has started an effort to crackdown on drug trafficking in the Tenderloin. In his press conference, he adds that the enforcement initiative by more than 15 federal agencies would not affect “innocent” homeless people or drug users but would tackle high-level drug dealing, fraud, identity theft and firearms. The first sweep of the neighborhood resulted in 32 arrests. We are interested to see how these efforts will lead to long-term changes. And as stated by Supervisor Matt Haney, the assistance is appreciated, but it’s important to underscore that this a public safety initiative, and not a deportation initiative. Read more via USA Today.

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Much-needed Tenderloin housing makes architectural splash — after an 11-year wait [SF Chronicle]

There’s a visually striking addition to the ever-troubled Tenderloin — a nine-story structure clad in colorful brick that holds 113 apartments for low-income residents, plus a pair of community-oriented retail spaces. Too bad it took 11 years to summon the newcomer into existence… Here’s the article by SF Chronicle’s urban design critic, John King.

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Sunday Streets Tenderloin returns (Sept 8)

Join with neighbors for the next installment of car-free streets in the Tenderloin. Happening Sunday, September 8th, one mile of road in and around the Tenderloin becomes car free making way for community fun. Come on by our office at 512 Ellis Street and connect with us. Click here for more info about the event.

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Developers kick off work on 240 microunits in the Tenderloin [SF Business Times]

Developers plan to kick off construction on 240 microunit apartments in San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin neighborhood. The idea behind the project is to create cost-efficient homes for low-income renters and those who fall into the "missing middle" — workers who don't qualify for subsidized housing, but also struggle to pay market-rate rents. Read more via SF Business Times.

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TLCBD Clean Team Stats for July 2019

Here’s a look at the June 2019 Clean Team stats, including 29,750 pounds of trash collected. We partner with both Block by Block and Downtown Streets, as well as Public Works, to coordinate cleaning efforts in the neighborhood. We encourage you to call or text the Clean Team at 415-385-5490 for incidents that pose a health hazard on our sidewalks, such as 'code browns'. Also if you see the Clean Team members out working, be sure to say hello! As neighbors, we must work together for a cleaner Tenderloin.

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Downtown Streets Team 'Demo Day Celebration' (August 15)

Join Downtown Streets Team for their inaugural Demo Day event in which they will showcase the amazing work of the San Francisco Streets Team and the positive impact they are making in the community while finding their way out of homelessness. Demo Day is hosted by Twitter. Food, drinks, games, and prizes will be provided. Mayor London breed will also be speaking to our powerful movement. Help build hygiene kits, meet Downtown Streets Team Members, and join the celebration! RSVP here.

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Supervisor Haney introduces "Street Level Drug Dealing Task Force Legislation"

During the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, July 30th, Supervisor Matt Haney introduced draft legislation to enact a City Task Force in response to the issue of open drug markets in the Tenderloin, Mid Market, SoMa, and Civic Center neighborhoods. TLCBD has supported the call for a Task Force since introducing the Tenderloin Thrives initiative earlier this year.

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Tenderloin Hidden Gems Award Ceremony (August 16)

Wildflower Institute invites family and friends to celebrate local artists and their stories of the Tenderloin. A light supper and non-alcoholic beverages will be available following the ceremony. The institute sponsors grant awards to recognize artworks, of the Tenderloin that tell the stories of the community. RSVP to attend.

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Safe Street Advocates Call for a State of Emergency

After two more pedestrian fatalities in the Tenderloin, Walk San Francisco held a rally earlier this month to demand that the city take emergency measures to provide safe streets. Read more about the rally via Bay City Beacon and Kron4. As well as SF Chronicle’s opinion piece, “rebuilding cities for people, not cars.” At TLCBD we are also pushing for changes to dangerous intersections, including more pedestrian scrambles; plus education and escorting following these changes. Would you like to see more TLCBD Safe Passage Corner Captains at new scramble intersections?

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Tenderloin all-immigrant team nurtures up-and-coming soccer star

Ali, a 19 year-old sophomore at San Francisco State University, plays forward in the Tenderloin Street Soccer Club’s all-immigrant team, which was created by Street Soccer USA. The team, sponsored by the company Future Sense during the competition, competed for the first time on Sunday at the event, which was organized by Rec and Park and Street Soccer USA, a non-profit. Read more via SF Examiner.

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Photos: 2019 Walk for Wellness

Saturday, July 27th was the Walk for Wellness—a day for exploring our neighborhood green spaces, getting a little exercise, and meeting some new friends. The route included stops at the Tenderloin National Forest, the newly re-paved TL Rec Center; and the currently-being-renovated Turk/ Hyde Mini Park and Sgt. Macaulay Park. The event concluded at Boeddeker Park with live music, lunch, games…and bubbles! Thanks to all who joined us!

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Tenderloin Arts LIVE, August Arts Listing

Welcome to Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a collection of monthly Tenderloin arts events sourced from organizations, individuals, and venues from the neighborhood. From comedy shows, to live music performances, and art openings, here’s what’s happening this August!

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