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There's been a kind of slow-simmering — we hesitate to call it a lovefest, per se — for the Tenderloin ever since "Uptown" officially hit the National Register of Historic Places. But there is, nonetheless, some recognition from on high of the area's architectural history, even if not so much its overall pleasantness. Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic tells writer John King, "There's a real quality here," while the latter takes a stroll up a "surprisingly evocative landscape of early 20th century urbanism. ... The Tenderloin's determinedly dignified buildings went up long before today's drug dealers arrived. With luck, they'll endure long after the current troubles depart." The current troubles will, of course, depart. [SF Gate]