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Daily news roundup for Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Mar 19, 2015
Gabrielle Lurie / Special to the SF Examiner

Fire inspectors seek legal action against landlords in Mission // SF Gate"Fire inspectors are seeking legal action against the owners of three apartment buildings in the Mission District for blocking fire escapes and having alarm systems that don’t work.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mar 17, 2015
Tim Hussin, Special To The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news.

Dancers state out turf on BART // SF Gate

"A recent Friday, 1:37 p.m.: Calling themselves the Turf Feinz, the four members of the Turf dance crew dart through a BART train headed for San Francisco. They need to find the next audience to wow before the doors open at Embarcadero Station.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mar 3, 2015
Mike Kepka / The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Cooking, Coding and Room to Grow // SF Gate

"The concept is something like farm-to-doorstep.

Every day, the team at Sprig, a food-delivery app company, whips up Cobb salad wraps and jerk chicken plates for delivery to offices and homes around Palo Alto and San Francisco. When possible, the company gets its produce from within 150 miles of the city.

Daily news roundup for Monday, February 23, 2015

Feb 23, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Meet the space cadets: 5 Bay Area residents selected to compete for one-way Mars voyage // The Examiner

  

Change has come to the Tenderloin, but how much of it is attributable to the recent tech boom? Using new strategies to engage locals and create innovative coalitions, groups that have been in the neighborhood for years are working to improve the health, safety and quality of life for those who live and work in the Tenderloin.  We explore the effects their efforts are having on this vibrant and sometimes troubled neighborhood.

Guests

Angela Johnston

Del Seymour makes sure to take everybody on his walking tours of the Tenderloin to the corner of Turk and Taylor.

“I lived on this street,” he says. “I didn’t have an address but I lived on this street if you know what I mean.”

I’m with a group of a dozen tech workers following Seymour around the neighborhood, listening to him talk about his experiences here.

Under CC license from Flickr user TedsBlog

There’s a plan circulating in San Francisco to make using crack cocaine safer: give away free crack pipes. It might sound farfetched, but it’s supported by science.

Jen Chien

 

In the rapidly changing mid-Market area of San Francisco, the influx of new tech companies into a historically low-income neighborhood is causing some conflict, especially around commercial real estate. Geoff Link is editor and publisher of the Central City Extra, a monthly newspaper serving the Tenderloin, mid-Market, and SOMA neighborhoods. It's put out by the Study Center, a publishing house that also supports non-profits.

As a journalist, Link has been monitoring changes taking place in this part of the city as tech companies move in, including the displacement of a lot of neighborhood non-profits. He himself has been affected-- the Study Center has had to move twice in the last two years.  Link spoke to KALW's Ben Trefny in the offices of Central City Extra.

Radio Poets: Stella Mae Schmidt

Apr 16, 2014

I used to be . . .

By Stella-Mae Schmidt

Tenderloin Community School

 

I used to be a piece of dirt, and now I am a flower 

filled with beauty everyday and with love every hour

 

I used to used to be a stranded branch but now I am a tree 

but instead of looking down I smile with glee

 

I used to be a basketball but now I am a player

I can do a slam-dunk jumping up in the air

 

I used to be asleep but now I am wake

And see everything, the real from the fake

 

 

Radio Poets: Angelika De Castro

Apr 15, 2014

Angelika De Castro is a student at San Francisco's Tenderloin Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

"The Elements"
By Angelika De Castro

--Dedicated to the Philippines--

Fire

Red, orange, yellow the color of the flame.
Red, orange, yellow easy to blame.
Hot not cold, smoky and bold
Fire is hot, it can burn gold

Paul Kleyman

More than one in ten people living in the densely packed Tenderloin and mid-Market neighborhoods are age 65 or older, and that percentage is expected to grow significantly in the next decade.

A fresh food oasis in the Tenderloin

Mar 26, 2014
Melanie Young

In San Francisco’s Tenderloin, getting healthy fare often isn’t an option. Without a full service grocery store in the neighborhood, residents rely on corner stores, and the district has the city’s highest concentration of convenience stores.

Laura Flynn

Nearly every city in the US has a Tenderloin. Here in San Francisco, it’s a neighborhood home to a dozen social service agencies, low-rent residential hotels, or SROs, and thousands of low-income – and-no-income – residents. Premature deaths from HIV/AIDS, heart disease, and complications from substance use and abuse mark the lives of many in the Tenderloin. It’s a part of the city known for open drug use. A place many people avoid and one where individual lives can be easily forgotten.

The Sharing Economy: San Francisco's roving tailor

Aug 1, 2012
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelfrenzy/

The door to the Luggage Store Annex in San Francisco's Tenderloin district is unlocked on the 15th of each month, rain or shine, fog or wind, and a converted tamale cart is rolled onto the sidewalk. The man pushing it into place is Michael Swaine.

“People either call me the Sewing Guy or The Roving Tailor,” he says.

Courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcbarnicle/3508231452/

I’m sitting on a brown leather couch inside Studio A at Hyde Street Recording in the Upper Tenderloin. A white baby grand piano sits to my left and a faded blue rug with pink roses lies on the hardwood floor in front of me. If you close your eyes and listen hard enough, you may be able to hear the sounds of San Francisco in the 60s.

Fifty years ago, this building was called Wally Heider Recording. And this room was used by the likes of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Starship.

Courtesy of cuttingball.com

San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood can be a difficult place to live. Almost a quarter of the neighborhood’s residents live below the poverty line. According to the police department, the Tenderloin accounts for more than a third of the city’s drug-related offenses.

Rick Nahmias

Golden States of Grace: Documentary photographer Rick Nahmias spent more than three years researching, photographing, and taking oral histories of 11 California faith communities outside the religious mainstream - including transgender sex workers in San Francisco's Tenderloin who worship Santa Muerte, Zen Buddhist San Quentin inmates, and an AIDS ashram in West Hollywood.

Golden States of Grace: Documentary photographer Rick Nahmias spent more than three years researching, photographing, and taking oral histories of 11 "marginal" California faith communities outside the religious mainstream - including transgender sex workers in San Francisco's Tenderloin who worship Santa Muerte, Zen Buddhist San Quentin inmates, and an AIDS ashram in West Hollywood.

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