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James Blonde
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
San Francisco on the whole is really very bad for open drug use, homelessness, lunatics on the street and generally some of the worst sights you will ever see in the western world. However, the Tenderloin area is the epicentre of this hell hole and is off the scale, walking the streets is a like an apocalypse film.
Written February 2, 2024
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Daniel K
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Wild area. Saw a lot of misery, homelessness, trash and drugs. I wouldn’t recommend at all to go there after sunset.
The outer areas of the tenderloin are alright, a lot of different cultures and personalities.
Written January 27, 2024
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Rick O’Shea
New Haven, CT36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Not a great place to visit. Streets lined with drug users, especially at night. Incredibly dirty area of the city.
Written October 5, 2023
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Anaϊs F
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
we stayed in a hotel nearby… never have i seen anything quite like this… i’m parisian so i know homelessness is a big issue (we are dealing with it in france) but this is extreme. we cannot leave the hotel… you simply do not want to walk around. i have 2 girls, 12 and 14. my 12 year old has never been so scared, she was catcalled by a group of young male adults the majority of which were high or drunk and then a woman in her mid 40s prompted to strip and swear at us whilst naked. not a pleasant sight. this happened at 4pm in bright daylight. please take this into consideration.
Written August 16, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,035 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I worked near here for 25 years. There are a lot of historic and well-designed buildings in this big neighborhood that was once full of hotels built for the expo right after the big earthquake. The area has always welcomed newcomers and there are a lot of immigrants here now. But also a lot of poverty and drugs, so one should be careful if you choose to explore. Some good ethnic food.
Written June 24, 2023
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Merja Nikula
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is a palce where You have to be aware and not walk in teh streets alone.
A lot of homeless people live in teh streets . This is very near to Union square, which is totally different .
It makes me sad to see all these people .
Written December 29, 2022
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mini
Fremont, CA194,332 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We rarely wander into the Tenderloin district. its where one will find the drug deals going on some homeless, etc. Its a rough area by day and one we avoid by night.
There is a mural though in San Francisco about the Tenderloin which is interesting to see.
Written February 9, 2020
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Neal S
Medfield, Massachusetts, United States108 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
San Francisco has a homeless problem that is deep and complicated. In an effort to be compassionate, the homeless are not evicted from their encampments (there are, in fact, SRO-type shelters nearby) and the cause of much of the homelessness is opioid dependency, mental illness, or a combination of the two. The result, though, is a sight, sound, and smell that shocks visitors. Estimates of the number of street people in the tourist area of San Francisco range from 8,400 to more that 15,000, and it is not going to change anytime soon. On a one-day visit this October, I saw public urination in progress, the aftermath of public defecation, an open-air drug deal, and lots of aggressive panhandling. It isn't a reason to not visit the city, but it is something you need to be prepared for - or as prepared as you can be for something that is out of character in a city as beautiful as the one you have chosen to visit.
Written October 28, 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,035 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This downtown neighborhood has always had a large amount of poverty, now lots of immigrants. So it is full of great ethnic restaurants, one of the best features. Also you don't want to miss some of the superb old architecture. But sadly there is a lot of dirt and people living troubled lives on the streets.
Written September 11, 2019
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Phayao13
Stockholm, Sweden3,864 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
What could be an interesting part of the booming city, old buildings etc so the focus has now shifted to being an area that you prefer to avoid.In the middle of it all, cafes and restaurants are struggling to conduct business as usual.Have rarely seen so much human misery linked to mental illness and drug abuse.
Written August 19, 2019
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