San Francisco residents build own wall; block homeless with plywood structure

A resident of a San Francisco community had to remove a plywood wall that was erected to block an alleyway being used by drug dealers and the homeless.

The plywood blockade over what is called the “Ingleside Path” was removed after some neighbors complained but the city resident who placed it there – and did not want to be identified – claimed to have had permission from the San Francisco Public Works to build the wall, The San Francisco Examiner reported.

 

(Video: KGO)

“Once again San Francisco not taking care of its mentally ill and not taking care of the drug problem that is terrifying the entire city,” Vice-chair of the Ocean Avenue Association, Miles Escobedo, told KGO-TV.

“I did not agree with the blockade at all. That was a very nuclear decision and that was the big issue. Why board it up? That’s a circumstance of fear. Which is almost worse. We should not be scared. We should be able to contact our local authorities,” he added.

The anonymous neighbor gave a statement to the station on the “burden” that the alleyway has become.

“This walkway has been a burden on city resources for some time now. The walkway requires multiple trips a week for power washing and city records confirm that over 100 calls were received for emergency services,” the statement read.

Business owners n the area also cited safety issues with the walkway.

“The city has completely forgotten about this particular alley that always will be complained about. Just to keep it nice and clean and get rid of all these people there,” business owner Tim Zaracotas told KGO.

“They come in here, they pee there, they poo there. Every day,” nail salon owner Tom Pan told The 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.”

A family with an infant and toddler were reportedly awakened at night by “screaming, swearing, fighting” in the pathway, and said they have found “needles in our front yard,” according to the Examiner. They also shared that their shed had been broken into by people coming through the pathway and claiming to be homeless.

A meeting is planned on Wednesday for residents to discuss the installation of a gate in place of the plywood wall.

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