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Twitter’s Neighborhood Tech Center—For Its Own Neighborhood—Turns One

The mid-Market area is full of Twitter employees and locals who could use a hand, technology-wise. At the NeighborNest, they meet.

If you’ve ever walked by Twitter’s headquarters in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco, you know that the area—which is also home to Uber, Square, Dolby, Zendesk, and others—is a bustling tech corridor. But at the same time, mid-Market overlaps with the city’s notoriously down-at-the-heels Tenderloin district and is full of people who live far, far outside the bubble.

The interests of Twitter’s employees and those local residents intersect at the NeighborNest, a tech/community center located on the ground floor of an apartment complex on Market St. across from Twitter headquarters. On Tuesday, the center celebrated its first anniversary with a party that included appearances by Twitter COO Adam Bain and San Francisco mayor Ed Lee, a cake, and a hearty rendition of “Happy Birthday” led by neighborhood kids. (The 3,000 children who live in the Tenderloin are part of the constituency that the center was designed to serve.)

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