The Tenderloin is a downtown distric in San Francisco with a lot of history, being at one time full of one room occupancy buildings for single adults, then becoming unpopulated after WWII and then hosting Asian refugees and immigrants during the Vietnam era, and also a wide variety of people with different sexual orientations.
It could be compared with Barcelona’s Raval district, also in downtown Barcelona, close to the port and hosting a range of people from artists, to prostitutes, to immigrants.
Maybe not the nicest neighborhood in town, but to make the district more resident friendly and revitalize the urban landscape there are a few urban gardens set up in vacant lots by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Urban gardens are springing up in many downtown urban areas around the world, it’s a very nice trend to see people cultivating herbs, vegetables and fruits in what used to be empty and mostly dirty lots. In some cities it has been a citizen driven initiative, a project driven by the crowd and neighbour co-ops and collectives, a movement that is very inspiring.