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Friday, April 1, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee: Tenderloin Needs a Makeover, Not a Name Change

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Does Mayor Lee eat meat?
  • Does Mayor Lee eat meat?

We've been wondering if Mayor Ed Lee had any thoughts on PETA's farcical request that the city change the name of the seedy Tenderloin district to something a little more animal-friendly, like the Tempeh District.

And indeed he does. Like any pragmatic soul, Lee decided that it would be more productive if the conversation focused on revitalizing the bedraggled TL, not renaming it.


Lee told reporters that what the Tenderloin needs is tax incentives to help transform the neighborhood. He plans to take Twitter executives on a stroll through the TL next week, to get their input on what the area needs.

"I think most people are wanting to change not so much the name, they

actually want to change lives, and that's why you're going to hear from

me next week when I think we will have a positive road on the mid-Market

legislation that incorporates the Tenderloin," Lee told the Examiner.

"I want to get

ourselves into focus on the transformation of lives, the transformation

of the storefronts and the businesses along mid-Market."

PETA's Vice President Tracy Reiman had sent the letter to Lee on Monday, saying that the best way to alter the district's outlaw image is to change the name to something that doesn't conjure up images of slaughtered meat.

"By discarding an outdated moniker that evokes the horrors of the meat

trade, you'll be sending a strong message to progressive businesses and

health-conscious residents that this neighborhood is ready for a fresh

start," the letter reads.

And you can see SF Weekly readers didn't take kindly to that suggestion.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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