Tour #10 goes from south to north taking you from the Civic Center through Polk Gulch going back and forth between Van Ness and Polk Streets.  Places along this tour appeared scattered throughout the Tales books. 


NOTE:  During the day this is a safe tour; however, this is not be a tour to take after dark.  There are a lot of street people around the Civic Center and you will be skirting the edge of the Tenderloin.


The locals around the Civic Center were featured in Tales of the City and More Tales of the City.  Armistead Maupin later used Civic Center locals in Sure of You and Mary Ann in Autumn


Shawna and Otto went looking for Leia in the alleys adjacent to the Civic Center. 


The Halcyons and Days not only had season tickets for the Opera, they also had a box (Tales of the City).  In fact, Peter Cipriani remarked that DeDe had a nice box…at the Opera.The Halcyons and Days not only had season tickets for the Opera, they also had a box (Tales of the City).  In fact, Peter Cipriani remarked that DeDe had a nice box…at the Opera.


The Tour also includes the Fox Plaza on Market there the Associate Press (AP) was located in the 1970s.  Berke Andrews worked for the AP in this office for a few months in the mid-70s.  So did Armistead Maupin.


The tour also shows you the former site of one of the Doggie Diners - specifically the one where Beauchamp met Bruno to arrange an assault on DeDe.


Mona lied to D'or about going to a movie at a theater on California.  You won't be able to use that excuse now. 


For convenience, you can go directly from the end of Tour #10 to Tour #11.


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Tour 10: Civic Center, the Other Edge of the Tenderloin, and Polk Street