Human Feces Incidents Spike in San Francisco
Open the Books, a group devoted to transparency, has mapped hundreds of thousands of reported cases of public defecation blakenting San Francisco.
The result resembles an unyielding brown cloud settled atop the city of 900,000. (Forbes)
By many measures, San Francisco is a world-class city. It’s a tourist mecca that boasts 25 million visitors each year. It’s home to wonders of the modern world – the Golden Gate Bridge and its iconic cable cars – as well as powerful progressive politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor Gavin Newsom, and U.S. Senator (and presidential hopeful) Kamala Harris.
The broader San Francisco Bay Area can also claim Silicon Valley and its booming economy.
But the city itself is in trouble. Today, San Francisco hosts an estimated homeless population of 7,500 people. Affluent sections of the city have become dangerous with open-air drug use, tens of thousands of discarded needles, and, sadly, human feces.
Since 2011, there have been at least 118,352 reported instances of human fecal matter on city streets.
San Franciso mayor London Breed won election last year on a campaign promising to clean up the streets (literally). Unfortunately, there is no discernible change in the city's sanitary conditions.
Reports of human waste reached an all-time high in 2018. So far, 2019 is on pace to match or exceed those numbers.