Today marked the grand opening of the Tenderloin Museum and it’s kind of a big deal. Together with the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and Uptown Tenderloin the statement was made that the Tenderloin is more than it appears, and soon perceptions will be shattered. For those that know San Francisco well, many might scratch their heads as to why a museum would surface in the Tenderloin. True, it’s a neighborhood known for being a bit sketchy, where the homeless and intoxicated roam, and petty crime is rampant, but things are on the up for this often overlooked neighborhood and Group Delphi is proud to have been a part of it.
The Museum sits on the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth Street and boasts an new 3,200 square foot building which cost $3.5 million to build. It showcases a forgotten history of the area and brings light to the neighborhoods’ influence on counterculture dating back to the early 1900’s. Some of the exhibits outline the neighborhoods connection to LGBT movements and touches on the little known fact that the Tenderloin was the premier gambling destination in the Bay Area in the early day’s.
“The Tenderloin has a perception problem,” Randy Shaw says . “We have the highest percent of children of any neighborhood in San Francisco. We have over 409 historic buildings and it’s a walkable neighborhood and a very diverse neighborhood.”
It’s great to see a neighborhood get recognized for its forgotten history and begin to transform its current image. We look forward to seeing a brighter future for the Tenderloin.