San Francisco Takes Stab At Curbing Human Waste Crisis, With Controversial And Costly ’Poop Patrol’

April 23, 2019

San Francisco, the golden city on the west coast, boasts some of the greatest attractions in the world. From it’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to its quaint and varied ethnic neighborhoods, tourists have been flocking to its glistening shores for decades.

Now, when they flock to the streets of San Francisco, they best watch their step.

The beautiful city that boasts political luminaries such as Governor Gavin Newsom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris has another claim to fame.

According to Forbes, since 2011 there have been least 118,000 reports of human feces on the city’s storied streets. And it’s becoming such a problem that it is starting to affect tourism…which is the last thing the merchants and business owners want to see.

Newly-elected mayor London Breed, who campaigned, in part, on this issue, says she has formulated a plan to deal with the ‘stinky problem.’

Forbes reports that “Last year, the number of reports spiked to an all-time high at 28,084. In first quarter 2019, the pace continued with 6,676 instances of human waste in the public way.”

Website 'Open The Books,' has published a map of all reported cases of human fecal matter on public walkways.

Forbes goes on to say, ”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).

"Thirty ZIP codes in the city were affected. However, just four locations had the highest concentration of human feces – between 10,000 and 23,000 events each.”

The most prevalent occurrences were in zip code 94102, which is in the heart of San Francisco. Locations of ‘poop deposits’ include in front of City Hall, with 67 reports.

Mayor London has announced that she is increasing attention to the task force created last year, called ‘The Poop Patrol.”

“At the turn of the 20th century, San Francisco was called ‘The Paris of the West.’ Locals were more humble and self-titled San Francisco as the Golden City.

“Pardon the expression, but lately there has been a brownout in the Bay Area."

What a sad turn of events for what was once, arguably, the most beautiful city in America.

Perhaps politicians who have emerged to fame from the Bay Area ought to take another look at the failing policies and laws that have allowed this human crisis to flourish. Otherwise, all their efforts will accomplish nothing to solve the real problem.

My how the mighty have fallen.

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