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It's 'Not Safe' To Wear New Shoes Anywhere In San Francisco, New Map Reveals

There are brown pins placed on specific areas of the map to mark spots of human waste

 on 16th April 2019 @ 11.00pm
san francisco was declared one of the filthiest slums in the world last year © press
San Francisco was declared one of the filthiest slums in the world last year

Last year, San Francisco was declared one of the filthiest slums in the world, and this year it seems it will keep its crown following the release of a new interactive map showing you where the poop is.

The new interactive map from the data company Open The Books enables users to see where human waste has been reported since 2011.

There are brown pins placed on specific areas of the map to mark spots of human waste.

But there is one problem.

The brown pins cover every spot of the city, meaning it is probably not safe to walk anywhere.

according to city ordinances  sidewalks are the responsibility of property owners © press
According to city ordinances, sidewalks are the responsibility of property owners.

One hundred eighteen thousand three hundred fifty-two places with poop have been reported over the last eight years.

Forbes noted:

There were 118 city neighborhoods affected. However, 72-percent of all cases since 2008 were reported in just ten neighborhoods: 1. Tenderloin (30,863); 2. South of Market (23,599); 3. Mission (19,150); 4. Civic Center (6,232); 5. Mission Dolores (4,096); 6. Lower Nob Hill (3,654); 7. Potrero Hill (2,489); 8. Showplace Square (2,022); 9. North Beach (1,826); and 10. Financial District (1,810).

Forbes added, “Neighborhoods affected include Tenderloin, Cathedral Hill, Lower Nob Hill, Polk Gulch, Russian Hill, and Pacific Heights.”

According to city ordinances, sidewalks are the responsibility of property owners.

However, due to the severity of the contamination in San Francisco, Public Works has inherited the problem of washing sidewalks.

Nuru estimates that half of his street cleaning budget – about $30 million – goes towards cleaning up feces and needles from homeless encampments and sidewalks.

A single pile of human waste, said Nuru, takes at least 30 minutes for one of his staffers to clean.

human waste in san fransisco is rising each year  © press
Human waste in San Fransisco is rising each year

The problem was exacerbated in the past when Mayor Willie Brown terminated ordinances; city district Attorney Terence Hallinan would not prosecute “victimless” crimes involving drugs and prostitution.

A report from the Office of the Controller stated:

“Service requests related to human waste increased across all Supervisorial Districts in San Francisco in FY 2015-16, and at a rate well above the average growth in overall SF311 use.

District 6 (in Zone B) had far more service requests related to human waste than any other district – three-times as many as the next highest count in District 9 (Zone D) – and nearly 30 percent more requests compared to FY 2014-15.

This change appears to be driven mostly by additional reports along Market Street, south of 8th Street between Mission Street and Howard Street, and the area south of Hayes Valley between South Van Ness and Central Freeway/Octavia Boulevard.

Additionally, data from Public Works showed an increase of 13.5% in service orders generated from public service requests.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

San Francisco Public Works has a $72.5 million-a-year street cleaning budget — including spending $12 million a year on what essentially have become housekeeping services for homeless encampments.

The costs include $2.8 million for a Hot Spots crew to wash down the camps and remove any biohazards, $2.3 million for street steam cleaners, $3.1 million for the Pit Stop portable toilets, plus the new $830,977-a-year Poop Patrol to actively hunt down and clean up human waste.

 

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