Home to social services and speakeasy style bars, this central San Francisco neighborhood is known as a hub of homelessness and the complications that come with it. Adventurous visitors will be delighted by the mouth-watering, hole-in-the-wall eateries, paling historic buildings, and vibrant murals that provide the backdrop to this neighborhood’s diverse cast of characters. Recognizing the Tenderloin for its rich diversity and architectural potential, residents and artists are working to redefine their heartland.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
A Fringe Neighborhood in the Center of the City
The Upper Tenderloin is now a night-time hot-spot. Young people from all over flock to the bars, hookah lounges, late-night restaurants, and general zeitgeist. It does have a bit of a "bummy" aspect during the day, as of late. This section of town, being close to the theater district for over a century, has long been a demimonde district of the city... However, it is most definitely not quaint or gentrified, and probably never will be."
The Tenderloin's Nightlife Scene
The Tenderloin neighborhood has a long history with a dense and diverse population. If you are not crazy about noise and activity, this might not be the place for you. It is not a neighborhood with sidewalk cafes and coffee shops -- but it is extremely close to those that are."
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Originally trained as an architect, Odessa has shifted her passion to photography of all sorts. She specializes in family, children and newborn photography but enjoys pursuing architectural photography as well. She calls San Francisco home with her husband and daughter.
Marc Olivier Le Blanc
Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.