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Welcome to THE INTERSECTION

This series of audio documentaries – produced in conjunction with local public radio station KALW and with grants from California Humanities and San Francisco Arts Commission – explores the contours of change in the Bay Area and in city’s in general.  One corner, one person and one story at a time.

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Season 1 of THE INTERSECTION takes us to the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin. The neighborhood has by far the highest density of children, seniors and families in the city – as well as drug dealers. Compared to the rest of San Francisco, the corner and the neighborhood seems unchanged. It’s been written off by many – and is still misunderstood by most. Until now, hopefully . . .

Episode 1 – HOME:  Welcome to the corner of Golden Gate Ave and Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin. While the neighborhood has the highest density of kids and seniors in San Francisco, it’s associated more with its many homeless residents. We’ll hear from a woman who sleeps in a tent—and cooks—on the sidewalks. And another woman who found a home in an innovative supportive housing project just steps away from the corner.

Episode 2 – FAMILY Most people don’t think of kids when they think of San Francisco’s Tenderloin. But there are more than 3000 children in the neighborhood. This episode of THE INTERSECTION explores what it’s like to grow up here and to raise kids. You’ll meet the Pirring family and their daughter Britney, who goes to school at De Marillac Academy, just steps from the corner.

Episode 3 – LABOR“It’s the home of the American Dream … right here on the corner of Golden Gate and Leavenworth.” The hospitality union has been here for 40 years. And in the poorest neighborhood in San Francisco, UNITE HERE remains a sign of hope and possibility for the Tenderloin’s new immigrants and working poor.

Episode 4 – DRUGS:  There’s an open-air drug market on the corner. This episode of THE INTERSECTION looks at it from many different perspectives: the dealers, the police, the neighbors, the addicts. Find out why the dealers are there and how the community responds to the drug dealing on their doorsteps. It’s another complex look at a complicated situation at Golden Gate Ave and Leavenworth in SF’s Tenderloin.

Episode 5 – CHANGE The G word. Gentrification. This week, we look at change on the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. And we hear why the Tenderloin will never be the next Mission.