Ariel Vitale was born at Mt. Zion hospital in the 1980s. He was raised in Tenderloin and started going to SF ballet school at age 9.
In this podcast, Ariel talks about growing up in San Francisco. His family was evicted when he was young, and he shares what it was like moving from home to home in one of the city's toughest neighborhoods.
Check back Thursday, when Ariel compares the San Francisco of today, with its widening income inequality and loss of famed venues, to the city back in the '80s and '90s.
We recorded this podcast in January 2019 at Emperor Norton's Boozeland in the Tenderloin.
Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather