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City gave up $3.5 million in community benefits before passing Twitter tax deal
- $500,000 a year for six years, split between “stabilization funds” for SoMa and the Tenderloin. The money would have supported small businesses, the arts and “community cohesion” projects, including the establishment of a neighborhood grocery store.
- $500,000 total to upgrade neighborhood amenities such as the Tenderloin People’s Garden, United Nations Plaza and Boeddekker Park.
- Providing free Wi-Fi to residents near Twitter’s new headquarters at 1355 Market St.
- Promising that at least 40 percent of new employees be San Francisco residents.
- Coordinating internships, and volunteer workshops for neighborhood youth to teach social media skills and prevention of Internet bullying.
- Donating all used electronics to community organizations.
- Hiring a community liaison and building a neighborhood Internet presence.
- Allowing community organizations to install quarterly art exhibits in the storefronts of Twitter’s new block-long art deco facade.
A SUPERVISOR’S INFLUENCE
DOUBTING THE REAL BENEFITS
The Tenderloin People’s Garden was supposed to be one of the beneficiaries of a tax break in April that benefitted Twitter. But the original community agreement ended up on the cutting-room floor. For more photos see Nina Frazier’s blog, Loin Life
About the Author
Nina Frazier is a journalist who writes, reports and lives in the Tenderloin area. She covers issues in the Tenderloin on Loin Life (www.loinlife.wordpress.com) a blog dedicated to the neighborhood she started for a journalism class at San Francisco State University. Previously, she has reported for the San Mateo County Times and Salon.com. She has experience in photography, video, audio and multimedia production. Follow her on Twitter @NinaFrazier.