Pam is a great tour guide: knowledgeable, funny, charismatic. I learned a lot. Overall, this was a great experience-- booking was easy, communication was fast and friendly, and what an amazing neighborhood with such a rich history and dynamic present. Thanks Del and Pam
Pam was excellent -- deeply informed and knowledgeable, charismatic and lovely, funny and engaging with a few of her own stories shared during our walk. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Pam and would do this again as well as recommend a Tenderloin walking tour to others! Thank you!
I can't recommend this tour highly enough - the highlight of my trip to SF. I enjoyed learning from an eloquent, informative and articulate host about the fascinating history of the Tenderloin - especially its union, LGBT, ethnic minority and working-class links - and seeing places I would not otherwise have had access too (Cadillac Hotel) or understood the backstory to (Boddecker Park). More importantly, though, it totally changed my perspective; instead of walking through an area of very visible poverty and homelessness and leaving depressed and shocked about what I saw, I left feeling empowered by having heard about resistance, service and outreach provision, active community organising, church and charity initiatives and the power of policy and legislation (such as tenancy rights, curbs on developers etc) to bring about change for the better. Instead of a "poverty safari", as these things can so often be, it was a walk that made me think about solidarity and hope.
Great experience. Good history of Tenderloin. Plus info on current efforts to help residents without housing.
the team had an eye opening and amazing time!
The tour was fantastic. Pam is a great storyteller and a wonderful, fun person. I learned a lot. I highly recommend it.
The tour was very informative and gave me a new perspective on the neighborhood.
I look forward to the company tour in a couple of weeks!
Pam was great! She told me wide range of stories about Tenderloin and kindly explained to me a lot. On top of that, I was glad to see her talking to everybody she cares. This was the first time visit TL for me, but now I decided myself that I would come back soon and keep on relationship with Pam and Del.
Pam was a wonderful guide: knowledgable, kind, and inspiring. She told us about the neighborhood as someone who is deeply devoted to it. This is not the usual walking tour --- it's much more
Pam is amazing and knows so much!
The guide Pam was just awesome! She has a well of knowledge that pours out about the history of Tenderloin, and we gained a very warm impression of the community that exists in the area. I have been a hospice volunteer at Laguna Honda Hospital and have always been interested to get to know more about Tenderloin area since many of the patients are from the area. I now am ready to begin my project to talk to people about Advance Directive, and I will be back every week. Thank you so much! You provide a valuable service, not only for local techies and tourists, but also for nursing students. I feel that the tour should be included in Public Health Nursing of BSN and MSN curriculum.
Shizuka Sudo, RN
Dale was fantastic! Highly recommend for all groups and students. Very enlightening, informative and inspiring!
Pam is a captivating, excellent tour guide. She inspired our group to see the Tenderloin in a different way, without feeling shameful or guilty. She bridged gaps for us that we may not have otherwise been able to see. Overall, definitely a highlight of our trip. Thank you!
We enjoyed the individual attention and small group size. The guides were very familiar with the TL and its history. Also, they were open to discussing their personal experiences and tailoring the tour to our interests. Both our guides also provided followup information that was helpful to our particular interests. Really appreciated it!
My tour guide Pam Coates revealed much more beauty and community than I understood existed in the Tenderloin. I took the tour to get to know more about my city, and to feel less afraid in that specific neighborhood, and that was exactly what happened. I felt comfortable and informed and inspired by the tour, and want to take it again to deepen my understanding. Well worth it. I highly recommend.
Our tour guide, Pam, was excellent. She had a great sense of humor and an expansive knowledge of the neighborhood. I wish we had had more time. I learned so much!
Del is a pleasure and doing such wonderful work for and with the Tenderloin. Thank you!