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The Original Tenderloin/Mid-Market Walking Tour takes you on a journey of discovery, revealing the true nature of a much-maligned, often avoided and almost always overlooked neighborhood. The thirty-one blocks of the Tenderloin district are the beating heart of a city peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. Its history plays an integral part in the growth and development of the City, the Bay Area, California and the US. Our Tenderloin/Mid-Market Walking Tours have guided over 45,000 people through tours of the Tenderloin. The tours have brought people into the Tenderloin neighborhood to inform, entertain, and sometimes completely astound them with visions and stories of the people who have helped shape the neighborhood, and also those who live and work there today. This is an amazing part of San Francisco. The tour tells you all about it.
DEL SEYMOUR has spent many years on the very streets where he now conducts the tours. An Army Veteran, Del went back to his home in Chicago in 1969 and immediately left for California. In his time in San Francisco, he has seen the area from all angles: as an addict living on the streets, as a taxi driver, as a husband (for only fifteen minutes–his self-described “Hollywood marriage”), as a volunteer at one of the many service organizations. His idea for Tenderloin Walking Tours stems from his love of the neighborhood. He works in conjunction with many of the social agencies in the Tenderloin (he serves on the Board of The Gubbio Project among others) and also the companies that have moved into the Market Street corridor and has received the respect of everyone he involves. His knowledge and communication skills make him an ideal ‘docent’ for the area.
I am a proud San Francisco native, born at Mt. Zion and a graduate of Lowell High School and CSU Hayward. As a mother, sister, aunt, artist, and community activist, I am deeply connected to this community. I have developed strong relationships and partnerships, and I greatly admire the people who live, work, and thrive here.
Living and working in the Tenderloin community, I have come to appreciate its diverse and vibrant personalities, rich history, and resilient individuals. It is in this community that I find purpose, contribute to solutions, and strive to be an agent of real change.
Furthermore, I am an active member of the recovery community, constantly growing, healing, and giving back. By sharing my resiliency and triumphs, I aim to support those who are still suffering.
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