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Old 04-18-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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Are there any good parts of the Tenderloin/Civic Center area? If you *had* to live there, is there even a street/block that would be semi-decent? What is the area near the SF Public Library (main branch) like? I've heard negative things about this part of SF and it's too bad it's so down-and-out because it's a sunny area, rents (at least for SF) are reasonable, you're close to transit, etc.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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Once you get west of Polk and/or north of Bush it starts being relatively less sketchy, but then you're not really in the Tenderloin anymore -- you're in Hayes Valley or "lower Pacific Heights."

The stretch of Grove between City Hall and Market, by the library, is usually covered in street trash. There's not much housing along there anyway, though, unless you count the people who live in the library.

There's a very slight chance that the western section of the 'Loin might finally claw its way out of ghettohood, given the amount of new techie stuff going on along Market St. and in nearby parts of SOMA, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Getting locked into rent control there in 2013 might be a shrewd move, or it might destroy your sanity. Your choice.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:39 PM
 
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Once you get west of Polk and/or north of Bush it starts being relatively less sketchy, but then you're not really in the Tenderloin anymore -- you're in Hayes Valley or "lower Pacific Heights."
I'd even say that anything north of Geary or Post is fine for the most part. I frequently walk in that area late at night and I've never felt uncomfortable (fingers crossed). In fact, I run into more sketchy types around Union Square and all the big hotels, than I do on Sutter, Bush, or Pine.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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Are there any good parts of the Tenderloin/Civic Center area? If you *had* to live there, is there even a street/block that would be semi-decent? What is the area near the SF Public Library (main branch) like? I've heard negative things about this part of SF and it's too bad it's so down-and-out because it's a sunny area, rents (at least for SF) are reasonable, you're close to transit, etc.
West of Polk Street is fine and North of Post Street is fine.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:59 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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My wife and live around Post and Hyde and the area is absolutely fine for us.

Generally its pretty quite in terms of craziness but every once in a while you will have a couple of people yelling on the street etc. Generally thats not a real common occurrence from what I've experienced though.

I get to walk to work plus we're 3 blocks from the new Trader Joes off of California.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:50 AM
 
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I get to walk to work plus we're 3 blocks from the new Trader Joes off of California.
I love that Trader Joe's! Definitely a needed addition to the neighborhood
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