Introducing Hoodline Tenderloin

Introducing Hoodline Tenderloin
By Eric Eldon - Published on February 24, 2015.

As eagle-eyed readers may have noticed, we recently began covering news further east and north than before, with stories on Tenderloin Station's police redistricting plans, Hemlock Tavern's possible future, and longtime transgender nightclub Divas hitting the market.

Today, we're excited to announce that Hoodline will officially begin coverage of the Tenderloin neighborhood, with some additional stories from the Civic Center, Mid-Market, and Polk Gulch areas.

Like in the other neighborhoods we cover, we’ll be writing profiles of local people, community organizations, businesses, and artists, along with hard news about public safety, transportation and other issues.

As anyone who has spent time in the Tenderloin knows, it’s a tight-knit community of people who watch out for each other in the face of many systemic challenges. We hope our coverage will further strengthen these ties, and help newer residents and businesses get closer, too.

But you won’t just see Hoodline stories published here: we’re partnering with long-time neighborhood newspaper Central City Extra to syndicate stories from their monthly print issues. 

We recently profiled this journalistic enterprise and the organization behind it, the nonprofit Study Center. With roots in the Tenderloin going back to the early '70s, it has pioneered coverage of the city by and for neighborhoods over the decades – from a newsletter that revealed the goings-on in City Hall to an epic documentary project, to today’s print newspaper. It has also helped foster numerous nonprofits and community groups over the years, like WalkSF, Open Hand, EXIT Theatre and Friends of the Urban Forest. Read our full interview for more about the history of the Study Center.

Starting today, you'll be able to follow Tenderloin news with @Hoodloin on Twitter, and Hoodline Tenderloin on Facebook. And as always, you can email general tips to tips [at] hoodline [dot] com, or to the new neighborhood-specific tipline at tenderloin [at] hoodline [dot] com.

Do you live, work, or spend time in the Tenderloin? Do you have a healthy curiosity about the neighborhood, some free time each month, and some writing/photography skills? If so, consider writing about the Tenderloin for Hoodline. We pay per post for regular neighborhood writers and offer a monthly stipend for neighborhood editors. If you're interested and ready to get started, email us at editor [at] hoodline [dot] com.

Regular readers, say hello to our expanded Tenderloin coverage. And for our new readers from the central City, welcome to Hoodline.