THE INTERSECTION is a series of audio documentaries which explore the contours of change in the Bay Area. One corner, one person and one story at a time. Listen to Episodes 1 to 5 now!
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.
In coming weeks, The Intersection will begin releasing shorter sound portraits and you’ll hear about a new tenant on the corner that just may change everything. Subscribe now on iTunes or follow on Soundcloud now!