Comparing San Francisco's Tenderloin and L.A.'s Skid Row

This blog post from <em>Governing</em> explores the similarities between San Francisco's troubled Tenderloin district and Los Angeles' Skid Row-adjacent Spring Street corridor, and why one struggles and the other has found some developmental success.
April 23, 2010, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Like the Tenderloin, Los Angeles's Spring Street corridor was once a neighborhood of SROs pressing up against Skid Row. Today, despite the economic downtown, downtown Los Angeles is home to an interesting mix of affordable "micro-lofts" like the Alexandria (left), service providers, book stores, barber shorts, art galleries, cafes, and home to about 40,000 residents, many of them new to downtown living.

Here, though, the similarities end. Hollywood and, to a lesser extent, downtown L.A., have thrived by embracing development, including an element of gentrification."

Writer John Buntin discusses the anti-gentrification sentiment in San Francisco's Tenderloin, and how that attitude is likely to hold the neighborhood back from cleaning itself up.

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Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in Governing
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