Posts Tagged ‘loin’

National Media Embraces the Term Twitterloin – First the New York Times and Now Fortune: “Welcome to the Twitterloin”

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Here’s the latest from Fortune:

Welcome to the Twitterloin, where tech-savvy cool meets gritty hood by Michal Lev-Ram

And that comes on the heels of this recent bit in the NYT:

As Wealth Changes the Tenderloin, a Move to Preserve Artistic ‘Gems’” by PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN

So what are the borders of the Twitterloin? Well, it depends.

For some, this portmanteau dating from 2009 means the Tenderloin itself, and others think it refers to a place at the southern* “edge of the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood.”

And then there’s this map of the “Twitter Tax Break” zone – it’s sort of shaped like the number 7:

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(Oddly, an unelected mansion-dwelling white man from the east bay played a signif role in creating the borders of this map. Isn’t that strange?)

And here’s a little more on the history of the Twitterloin:

Prospective Twitter Landlord Gave Newsom Rent Deal by Gerry Shih

Oh, does this information challenge your notions? Sorry.

And, Heaven forfend, this Forbes bit is coming after “we” agreed to put the term Twitterloin “to bed once and for all” just a few months back.


(Oh hai! You’ve worked in SF media for “years and years” and yet you’ve never even heard of the term “Twitterloin” until you saw it in The Grey Lady in 2015? Whoo boy, you don’t get out into the field all that much, huh?)

Oh what’s that, you’re from SFGov or a taxpayer-funded org and you don’t like seeing auslanders use the T-word because EVERYTHING IS AWESOME under the regime of WillieBrownGavinNewsomEdLee? Well here’s your map then:

Now there’s a T-word you can get behind, huh?

And, more seriously, if you’re new in town, then this semi-recent (and perfectly legal!) pizza delivery no-go map is your lodestar:

Basically if you’re looking for trouble, start at 6th and Folsom, you know, on foot, and then head northwest and then take Eddy west all the way to Divisadero in the North of NoPA area. I’ll add, Gentle Visitor, that you’re not going to get killed or anything if you wander throughout the aspirationally-named “Uptown Tenderloin*” but it might go a little something like this.

Or here’s a safer way to get about the Twitterloin.

In closing, here’s the latest from Italy:

“Da Tenderloin a Twitterloin: con i “techie” cambia lo storico quartiere

È storicamente il quartiere più malfamato di San Francisco, dove convivono homeless e gira droga, ma che è vissuto anche da graffitari, gallerie che propongono i lavori di artisti indipendenti, ‘food trucks’ (i camioncini che vendono cibo di strada), teatri leggendari e case di riposo che il comune destina alle persone con il reddito più basso, disoccupati e agli invalidi. Da quando sono arrivate le compagnie del “tech boom” che hanno scelto di stanziarsi dentro la città e lontane dalla Silicon Valley, il Tenderloin è stato però ribattezzato il “Twitterloin”: qui hanno sede le compagnie di Jack Dorsey, Twitter e Square, il quartier generale di Uber, e anche Yahoo! sta a poca distanza. L’arrivo delle grandi società sta cambiando rapidamente il volto del quartiere, spazzando via l’arte di strada e anche il carattere vibrante che per anni ha animato la zona. E, naturalmente, facendo aumentare in brevissimo tempo il prezzo degli affitti (testi e foto di Viviana Devoto e Kegan Marling).”

There’s your Twitterloin Update 2015.

*Cf. Tendernob, at the northern edge close to Nob Hill. 

Mid-Market Promise: “SHOPPING PLACE” – Mid-Market Reality: “SLEEPING PLACE” – Twitter Loin Update 2013

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Hey Twitter! You’re worth $20 billion now or something?


So why not pay your share of your fucking taxes now? You know, pay them assuming the Newsom tax of 2004 is still in effect. You remember him, right? That Al Jareera correspondent and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom who signed the “job-killer” Twitter tax into law less than a decade ago? (If you need help on figuring the details, I’ll provide it no prob. And yes, before he was against the Twitter tax, he signed it into law.  But then a few years later he used a certain building for his campaign HQ  for free ‘n stuff. Can you guess which one, Twitter? Hint: It’s a big boxy thing in the Twitterloin!)

Or, in the alternative, why not just cut a check for $20 million (or $50 million) and send it off to San Francisco’s General Fund? Wouldn’t that be more effective than the half-assed $2,000,000 Supervisor Jane Kim slush fund that was supposed to be used to provide WiFi to all the Twitterloin by now? I think so.

What’s that, no you say? No? OK, well, instead, why not just come out and say that you don’t support the unnecessary MUNI bus Twitter Line betwixt the Twitter Building and CalTrain? At least that would save us some money, right?

San Francisco’s Twitterloin Enterprise Zone, Market Street sidewalk near 6th Street, 2013:

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Most people in San Francisco don’t want you here, Twitter.

Just saying…

Microsoft: Not Evil

Amazon: Not Evil

Google: Not Evil

FaceBook: Evil, from the beginning

Instagram: Started off not Evil but Evil now.

Twitter: Started off not Evil but… 

A Sure-Fire Sign That You’re in the Corrupt Twitterloin is the Sign for a Business Called “the loin”

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

As seen in The Loin:

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Hey, who knows, maybe someday Twitter will pay the taxes it owes to the City and County of San Francisco, maybe Twitter will pay it’s fair share of the “Gavin Newsom Tax” signed into law in 2004.

Until that time, the corrupt Twitterloin will continue to be known as the corrupt Twitterloin…

Oh well.

Perhaps Twitter can’t afford to pay its fair share of taxes, the poor devils.

The Sainted New York Times Takes a Look at Ron Conway and San Francisco’s Corrupt Twitterloin

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Right here:

New San Francisco Tech Boom Brings Jobs but Also Worries

NB: A Japanese and Chinese restaurant is actually a Chinese restaurant, like this one on Market near Sixth, just saying.

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NB2: Twitter will never ever ever ever employ 2600 people in San Francisco.

NB3: Never ever.

Cold Busted: Four Market Street Cyclists Cited by Just Two SFPD Officers for Red Light Running Near Fifth Street? Sure Looks That Way

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Usually it’s motorcycle cops enforcing traffic laws in the Mid Market area (which, let’s face it, is an open-air halfway house filled with people who are just out of jail, about to go to jail, or a little of both.)

But yesterday AM, there were beat cops asking for ID’s and handing out citations on Market betwixt Mason and Fifth Street, so I don’t know.

Begrudging compliance with the fuzz:

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If you get the chance, ask Alexi Celine Wasser of the somewhat saucy – maybe she’ll have the full scoop.

I don’t know, I’m working on my third decade of cycling in the 415 and I’ve never been busted for running red lights or stop signs, which, you know, is what I do many times each and every day. Mmmm.

Anyway, this is an especially good time to avoid the overrated Wiggle route, due to its numerous enforcement actions. Try McAllister to Divis to get to the Panhandle, if you want. ‘Cause, you know, it’s faster, shorter, easier, quicker, etc.

And there’ll be no cops to give you tickets, I assure you.

A Scuffle in the Twitterloin: Guardian Angels Attempt to Impose Sharia Law on Prostitutes in SoMA

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Let’s go on patrol with the San Francisco Guardian Angels near 7th Street just south of Market (aka the quieter part of our corrupt Twitterloin):

We ran into two women that were showing off their body parts so JD stopped the group and we went over there to check it out and see if there was anything we could do. But not too long later, Sparky got assaulted with some keys and we had to call the police at this point.”

Here’s the aftermath:

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Now, what gives the San Francisco Guardian Angels the right to impose their values, you know, regarding issues such as the appropriate amount of body-part-showing-off you should be doing, in San Francisco?

I don’t know.

*Can you imagine? Like, what if these GA’s started patrolling the Castro or red carpet walks in front of the Academy Awards?

MyDutchMoped: Get an Aging Batavus One-Cylinder Moped and You’ll Become Cool, Maybe Join the Tenderloin Creatures

Monday, January 31st, 2011

This Batavus Regency is a new one on me.

Did I spot a Creatures of the Loin reference in there? Check out Lauren “:)” Smiley’s historic bit right here, for the 411 on San Francisco’s formerly angry moped gangs.

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A manifesto of sorts, from a moribund webpage:

Media blackout begins. to clarify: the creatures of the loin are complete losers. a few of them, the more unsavory ones, are homeless. they are around 22 years old on average with a healthy number still being high school misfits who get made fun of by even the nerds. they are about 40% girls and have chosen the moped way due to a love of liberation, a desire for self sufficiency…”

Don’t stop believing, Batavus riders!

And get to know area gang members on peds of all stripes:

! Ching Chung Schlung !
#1 Flynn
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8====|) ~~~~
Amber Rico
Anne Borremans
Annelise Jeske
Bella Weinstein
Benadam X
Bret Hoffman
Brett Walker
Brian Pritchard
Chris Paz
Clare Crisafi
Connie Hwong
Craig Wong
Cristina Victor
Dan Webber Kastner
Dave Phrick
David Linehan
David Pilz
David W
David Cox
Dominique Lewis
Elliot Ortiz
Em Is Coco? Chilldance
Emily Kastner
Emily X
Erin Kearns
Graham French
Harold Smith
Harvey Mushman
Heather Rosner
J-Lo Timberlake
J.a.m. (justin) Creature
Jeremiah Robertson
Jesse Spelljammer
Jessica Lazer
Jordan Dewing
Joshua Franta
Kelly Ellis
Liam Devowski
Monica Schaefer
Nathan Jauvtis
Remy Spritzer
Round Boy
Rufus *
Silverfox Sullivan
Sin Hombre
Soraya Parker
Starbuck ****
Zac Monster Squad
Zach Levenberg
Zeke Jak