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San Francisco Neighborhoods - Tenderloin Real Estate

This ill-defined, economically depressed area is bounded on all sides by wealthier regions. Though many of the posh hotels in Union Square actually fall within the Tenderloin for municipal administrative purposes, for all practical purposes, the area is defined not geographically but socially---as one native put it, "if something good happens, then we're Nob Hill, but if it's mildly negative, then we're Tenderloin." Repeatedly described in most tourist guides as "the worst neighborhood in San Francisco," the Tenderloin thrives despite its bad rap. Repeatedly described in most tourist guides as "the worst neighborhood in San Francisco," the Tenderloin thrives despite its bad rap. Sure, there are loads of drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes and mentally unstable street people, but if you can get past that, you'll find it is also one of the city's most exciting and diverse locales. Getting its funky, florid nickname from the days when policemen were paid more to work its mean streets, thereby affording the cops better cuts of meat, the Tenderloin is moving up these days. A heavy influx of Vietnamese families in the last two decades has been instrumental in achieving -- if not entirely responsible for -- its face-lift. And then there are those incredibly delicious sandwiches you can get at the corner markets. The streets aren't the cleanest, and you will be approached frequently by strangers, so just stay alert and don't let it get to you.

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