The Tenderloin (aka The 'Loin or T.L) is a relatively small neighborhood
located in downtown San Francisco, CA. Its borders are roughly the triangle made by Geary
Blvd, Market St and Van Ness Ave. Some
consider the Civic Center and Union Square
to be a part
of the Tenderloin.
Although the origin of its name is up for debate, no one denies
is one of the most dangerous in the City, mainly known for problems
like excessive drugs, prostitution, and a high number of homeless
people. It's also one of the most dirty and grimy areas of San Francisco. It's highly recommended that
visitors to this area exercise their street smarts and stay aware of their surroundings. If you look like a victim in the 'Loin, you'll probably
be one. It's no wonder why there's a special police unit
just for the Tenderloin.
The Tenderloin has some
good things going for it too, however. It's home to some
of the best ethnic restaurants
in San Francisco, theaters, and hotels. It's also one of the most affordable
areas of San Francisco.
Girl: The Tenderloin scares me!
Boy: Just be smart. Don't hang
around at night and be aware.