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Stunning Photos Capture LGBTQ Life 'On Christopher Street'

Mark A. Thompson | Posted 10.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark A. Thompson

Using one camera and one light source, Seliger sought to capture the participants in the nation's ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights.

The Will - Notes From a Dive Bar

Alan Black | Posted 06.09.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

A bar napkin, a touch soggy. I leave all my regrets, guilt and anger to this napkin Legally binding A signature, the date, lipstick sealed. An in...

Nuns Who Feed San Francisco's Homeless Face Eviction

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two nuns who run a soup kitchen for the city's needy may soon lose their home because of a steep rent increase. The storefront in the...

New & Lively: SF's Tenderloin Museum

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 01.12.2016 | San Francisco
Fran Moreland Johns

A museum? In the Tenderloin? Believe it. And not just a museum -- which has graced the corner of Leavenworth and Eddy since the summer of 2015 -- bu...

Notes From a Dive Bar: Ulysses Walks Into a Bar

Alan Black | Posted 12.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Ulysses walks into a bar, sort of... Talk. Talk. Talk. Sticky mouths moving, shapes and shapeless lips, tongues tremble, then later some kissing and ...

Notes From a Dive Bar L -- Anti-Social Media

Alan Black | Posted 12.07.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

'Do you think the Facebook guy will give me any money?' asks Cat, fishing for quarters in her bid to purchase a full share in a can of Tecate.

Notes From a Dive Bar XLIX -- Disappear

Alan Black | Posted 11.29.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Scott, they never found him. Trays of French cakes and souffles were overturned at the restaurant he worked in, but no Scott. They came looking for hi...

Friday Night: Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVIII

Alan Black | Posted 11.22.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

There really is no fun on drugs, says Martin. I shrivel. He installs solar panels and enjoys New Age ambient music. Early evening, he has failed to ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVII - The Body of the Bar

Alan Black | Posted 11.18.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. George left his liver.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVI - STOP!

Alan Black | Posted 11.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

John escapes from the rehab nuthouse. Vanishes down the lane, straight to the bar stool. They thought I'd be a prisoner, he says. I hand him a Tecate....

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXV - Trumped

Alan Black | Posted 11.05.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

On the box, Trump looks like he is having a good time ranting and raving. Talking about The Deal.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXIII -- Straight Bends

Alan Black | Posted 11.01.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Bobby, on meds, says he can't think straight. Have you tried curved thinking, I say. What's that? Stand with your head at an angle when you think. It ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXII - Going, Going, Gone...

Alan Black | Posted 10.29.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Going, Going, Gone... #83 Wisdom is my forte, says Alex, an idiot. He dispenses opinions. Think of the poor mirror's feelings when you look in it, ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXI - Thinks

Alan Black | Posted 10.26.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

He sweeps the bar. I wipe the tables. Then grab the padlocks, lock the doors and think, how did I end up here? We walk around the street market at 3 a.m., under the hum of lampposts, thinking about what to do next. We share a flask of whisky.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXX - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

Alan Black | Posted 10.21.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Did I just see something slither to the shadow? Trip to the ice machine, all that is frozen in time like that cockroach, just kidding. I need to get my peripheral vision checked. I'm sure I just saw something flee to the darkness under the stairs.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIX - The Alones

Alan Black | Posted 10.18.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

All gone. Everyone. Just me now. Alone with the bar. My old friend. It's sad. The bar weeps. It cries out, why am I the place for the sads and the alones. For the wicked.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXVIII -- To the Nut House

Alan Black | Posted 10.15.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

John is going away. To a rehab nuthouse -- his words. One year in exile with a bunch of drunks. Ordered by psychiatrists. The doors are locked night and day. But he's figured out a way to get supplies delivered.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXV - I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Alan Black | Posted 10.04.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I tell the doorman. I have a bad feeling about tonight. Soon, the twisted is spotted. His face barrels evil. This one with a mustache, most menacing.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIII - Wheel of Fortune

Alan Black | Posted 09.23.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

MAC spins in for an early visit. He keeps count. 19 dead in 10 years in his shabby hotel. The latest, a blind man stepped into the elevator shaft on t...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXVII

Alan Black | Posted 09.06.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I open a bag of nuts... Brutal, one after the other, up and down, twists, turns, pulls, taps, lifts, slams, and there is Kenny, mangling a can of Tec...

Mid-Market "Cleanup" Not Shifting Homeless Elsewhere

Randy Shaw | Posted 03.17.2014 | San Francisco
Randy Shaw

A smart homeless outreach strategy prioritizes outreach workers over far more costly and less productive police.

Supervisor Jane Kim on San Francisco's Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

On a recent trip to San Francisco, Bevan Dufty, the city's Director of HOPE, invited me to a hearing on family homelessness. The hearing was about add...

Online Sparring Ensues Over Tenderloin Social Worker's VICE Interview

Turnstyle | Posted 04.30.2013 | San Francisco

by Nishat Kurwa Well, we were waiting for the other shoe to drop on this one. About a week ago, we began seeing this interview circulate: a Vice wr...

Being A Tenderloin Social Worker Is Just As Bad As It Sounds

VICE | Blake Butler | Posted 02.21.2013 | San Francisco

The Tenderloin is widely acknowledged as the most hellish neighborhood in San Francisco. Out of the city's ten most violent crime plots, the Tenderloi...

WATCH: Urban Forest Erupts in San Francisco's Edgy Tenderloin

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.31.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

The "Tenderloin National Forest" is likely one of the world's smallest "forests" -- it's just 23 feet wide by 136 feet deep -- but it is a refuge in one of the most densely-packed neighborhoods in the heart of San Francisco.