How Academy of Art University Is Solving Issues in the City’s Tenderloin District

Posted on May 10, 2018 By

Every major American city has its positive and its negatives. Every major American city has a rich history that dates back centuries. For beautiful San Francisco, the Tenderloin District is one of its most popular and most diverse neighborhoods. This neighborhood is rather small in physical size, but it’s jam-packed with thousands of people. When you have such large amounts of people in one place, crime is sure to follow. Unfortunately, Tenderloin has become an eye-sore in a sense. In 1906, huge fires destroyed this particular area of town. The neighborhoods of San Francisco are well-connected as well as intertwined and crime has began to spread outward into the other areas of the city.

Solving this issues has been tried before, and it was easier said than done. Fortunately, new solutions have come into play and the Academy of Art University is playing a huge role. Academy of Art University, once known as Academy of Art College, was founded by Richard S. Spencer, and it’s one of the city’s largest property owners. That’s right! This for-profit school has been around since 1929, and specializes in liberal arts and in design. Former-graduates of AAU, includes:

  • Actress Lauren Conrad
  • Figurative Painter Asencio
  • Actress Raven Symone
  • Music Video Director Chris Milk
  • And others

The city’s Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation has adopted a new plan that comes from students at the Academy of Art University. These students have built an innovative app that will provide real-time information of how people feel about the district. Of course, these people will most likely be of the actual residents. By providing this type of data, city officials will get a better understanding on what’s effecting the district. Government organizations and schools will harvest the data, which will help to identify problems. The Academy of Art University is doing what no other liberal arts school has done before as better days are on the horizon for San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.