San Francisco residents continued their ongoing struggle with an out-of-control homeless crisis this week; erecting plywood barriers to prevent tent cities from popping-up on neighborhood streets.
“In the latest effort to combat the growing homelessness crisis in San Francisco, a city resident recently blocked with a plywood wall an alleyway known to be used for drug deals and defecation by the homeless,” reports Fox News.
#Update | The plywood wall was removed but the anonymous neighbor who placed it said they’re working on a gate.
Why? To keep the homeless and drug dealers out of the alley.
— Luz Peña (@LuzPenaABC7) October 15, 2019
“This walkway has been a burden on city resources for some time now,” the neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told KGO-TV in a statement. “The walkway requires multiple trips a week for power washing and city records confirm that over 100 calls were received for emergency services.”
“They come in here, they pee there, they poo there. Every day,” Tom Pan, who owns a nail salon, told The San Francisco Examiner. “The police cannot do anything, it’s dirty and disgusting. In the summertime on a hot day, I can’t even open my window because of the smell.”
Earlier this year, residents installed giant boulders on city streets to block homeless camps and open-air drug use. The rocks were ultimately removed by San Francisco officials.
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Original Story: October 1, 2019
San Francisco officials removed a grouping of large boulders installed on city streets by local residents to block homeless camps this week; saying the rocks posed a risk to motorists and pedestrians.
“The city of San Francisco on Monday removed about two dozen small boulders from a residential side street after a group of neighbors had them installed last week in an effort to deter homeless people from camping out on the sidewalk amid the city’s ongoing crisis,” reports Fox News.
“San Francisco’s Public Works removed the rocks set up along Clinton Park in the city’s Mission Dolores neighborhood. Residents last week said they pooled their funds to keep drug users from having a space to shoot up as they camp out overnight,” adds Fox.
Director Mohammed Nuru claims the rocks “were not big enough” and were being moved off the sidewalks and into the streets.
The city’s ‘Coalition on Homeless’ praised the move on social media, writing “They should remove all the anti-homeless design and hostile architecture from the rest of the city while they’re at it — most of which are *City-sanctioned.*”
'THIRD WORLD NATION’: San Francisco Resident Flee City, Homeless Stats Worse Than Thought, Up 30%
San Francisco residents continued to flee the region in droves in recent months; citing rampant homelessness, widespread drug use, and out-of-control housing costs in one of America’s most expensive cities.
“It has more billionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world, but it also has a homeless problem so severe that it rivals some third-world nations. On any given day you can see souped-up Lamborghinis and blinged-out trophy wives in one part of the city, then walk over a few blocks and see piles of human feces, puddles of urine and vomit caked on the sidewalks. The misery of homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction hits deep in San Francisco and has turned parts of a beautiful city into a public toilet,” reports Fox News.
“As the problem grows, residents are finding themselves at a crossroads. The compassion for those struggling is constantly being challenged by a fear for their own safety and quality of life. It never had to get this bad, say critics, who are appalled that it’s getting worse every day,” adds Fox.
“I won’t visit my son who lives out there again,” Amelia Cartwright told Fox News. “It’s disgusting. I went there a few months ago for the first time and this guy who looked homeless and really beat up spit on me. Can you imagine? He spit on me!”
California’s two-largest cities -San Francisco and Los Angeles- are currently experiencing a “Defecation Crisis,” with both regions struggling to crack-down on rampant homelessness and public drug use.
“The majority of the nation’s homeless people now live in California. There are myriad causes at work, no doubt. But there was no “defecation crisis”—a term usually associated with rural India—in the 1930s, even with unemployment at 25%, vagabonds roaming the country, and shantytowns and “Hoovervilles” springing up everywhere. Today’s homeless and the hobos of the Great Depression are different in many ways. The triple scourges of drug abuse, mental illness and family breakdown have produced anomie and derangements far deeper than those seen in the 1930s, when the widely shared nature of the economic and psychological distress provided its own grim comfort,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
“In California at least, one is struck by the contrast between the fastidious attention paid to the social duty of scooping up and disposing of dog feces, and the rather more paralyzed and guilty reaction to the plague of human feces. The former is treated as a moral imperative among the enlightened—and the thin plastic bags used as the means to this moral end have so far escaped the fate of plastic straws, well on their way to being outlawed as an environmental outrage. Even social-justice warriors don’t consider it their personal duty, however, to tidy up after their fellow human beings on the streets,” adds the article.
San Francisco’s escalating homeless crisis continues to impact thousands of residents across the Bay Area, with officials confirming they’ve responded to nearly 6,700 reports of “human waste” in the first quarter of 2019 alone.
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CALIFORNIA CHAOS: ‘Free Syringes’ FLOOD San Francisco Streets
San Francisco continued its struggle with rising homelessness and rampant drug use this week, with local residents complaining about the flood of ‘free syringes’ littering the city streets and public areas.
According to Yahoo News, Bay Area officials distribute millions of needs per year to the city’s growing drug users but have “no control” over how they are disposed or discarded; prompting a “flood” of used syringes throughout San Francisco.
“The city distributes an estimated 400,000 syringes each month through various programs aimed at reducing HIV and other health risks for drug users. About 246,000 syringes are discarded through the city’s 13 syringe access and disposal sites. But thousands of the others end up on streets, in parks and other public areas, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday,” writes Yahoo.
To help stem the flow of dirty needles onto the streets, San Francisco Mayor Farrell hired ten full-time employees to patrol the city; removing used syringes according to proper medical guidelines detailed by the Department of Sanitation.