Urban Forest Erupts In San Francisco’s Edgy Tenderloin Neighborhood

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Updated: Oct. 31, 2012

Tenderloin National Forest

Image by Benjamin Pender via Flickr

Oct 28, 2012 by

The “Tenderloin National Forest” is likely the one of the world’s smallest “forests”- it’s just 23 feet wide by 136 feet deep-, but it is a refuge in one of the most densely-packed neighborhoods in the heart of San Francisco.

When artists Darryl Smith and Laurie Lazer first moved into a space on Cohen Alley in 1989, it was “a place emblazed in a health-hazardous cesspool of bodily fluids and other dumped items, non-supervised open-air chemical experiments and illicit — criminal activities”.

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