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We've been designing and building maps and data visualizations in San Francisco's Mission District for happy clients since 2001. Stamen is a 100% independently owned and operated company.

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GAFFTA: Tenderloin Dynamic

The Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, a new gallery and performance space in San Francisco's Tenderloin District, asked Stamen to participate in its inaugural show, OPEN in late 2009. Our contribution to the show is called "Tenderloin Dynamic" and explores the rich landscape of this vibrant and contested urban space through the various data types that make up the neighborhood.


From the project description:

The Tenderloin has many faces: National Register Historic District, entry point to San Francisco’s immigrant population, notoriously vice-ridden streets, home to diverse communities and the city’s largest population of children, seat of some of the city’s oldest architecture, the only largely working-class neighborhood within the downtown area, and birthplace of the sexual liberation movement predating the Stonewall riots. Most recently, a new wave of artistic and cultural activity (including GAFFTA) is changing the face of the neighborhood once again. Using real world geographic, demographic and cartographic data, this exhibition will offer unique perspectives and unexpected insight to this complex and dynamic nexus at the center of San Francisco’s cultural and social fabric.