‘There’s poop everywhere’: Report details smelly third-world San Fran squalor

San Francisco’s Office District is now a ghost town thanks to progressive policies favoring criminals and the homeless and it’s also covered in feces, requiring the “poop patrol” to come in and clean up widespread defecation by the dregs of society while businesses high-tail it out of there.

A report by the city Controller’s Office highlights the disgusting conditions that have made a once-thriving business district into a wasteland.

According to the report, feces were found far more often in commercial sectors, covering “approximately 50% of street segments in Key Commercial Areas and 30% in the Citywide survey.”

The definition of feces in the report also includes bags filled with excrement that are not inside trash receptacles. Feces that are spread or smeared on the street, sidewalk, or other objects along the evaluation route were also counted in the report. Stains that appear to be feces-related but have been cleaned by the patrol are not counted.

Nob Hill, a once prestigious go-to spot in San Francisco, now has the distinction of having the most feces on the streets of San Francisco. It’s followed by the Tenderloin and The Mission districts.

“It’s terrible; this street is covered,” Joe Souza, who lives in the Tenderloin district, told The San Francisco Standard earlier this month. “There’s poop everywhere. You always see it along the wall and in front of the garage there.”

Nearly two-thirds of key commercial routes have reported moderate to severe street litter such as broken glass and basic garbage, vs. 41% of the citywide streets struggling with the same problem. It’s little wonder that businesses are choosing to leave San Francisco. Between the filth and the rampant crime, it’s no longer safe or profitable to stay there.

“San Francisco’s commercial and residential streets are also highly tagged up, with every neighborhood except one—Visitacion Valley—reporting high levels of graffiti last year. The issue is once again worse in commercial areas, of which 71% said they had severe or moderate graffiti,” The San Francisco Standard reported.

“‘In terms of actual counts of graffiti observed, there were about 10 times (160,000 vs. 16,000 respectively) as many instances of graffiti reported in the Key Commercial Areas survey in comparison to the Citywide sample,’ the report said,” the media outlet continued.

“And San Francisco’s favorite cleanliness fixation, human or animal feces, continues to be a sore spot for the city: Almost half of the surveyed commercial areas observed feces. Citywide, that figure was just 30%,” The Standard added.

Between the Office District emptying out, work-from-home policies, staggering commercial office vacancy rates, skyrocketing crime, and the plague of homelessness mixed in with drug addicts and poo-covered streets, it’s little wonder that parts of the City by the Bay now look like an apocalyptic ghost town.

According to SFGate, one downtown San Francisco office building has reportedly sold for roughly 75% less than its previously estimated value. That’s an incredibly bad sign for the city.

“San Francisco’s office vacancy rate hit a new record high of 29.4% in the first quarter of 2023, according to a recent report from CBRE. That far surpassed the previous pre-pandemic high of 19.1% during the dot-com bust in 2003, and it’s expected to continue to rise in the coming months,” the media outlet added.

Unnamed sources told SFGate that the 350 California Street high-rise is being purchased for a per-square-foot price that equates to a value in the $60 million to $67.5 million range. The outlet identified SKS Real Estate Partners as the buyer of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group-owned property.

The $67.5 million figure marks a 73% decrease from 2020 when the high-rise belonged to Union Bank which listed it for approximately $250 million. An investor from South Korea is reportedly also involved on the buyer’s side, according to The San Francisco Business Times.

This is the first year that San Francisco has implemented new evaluation standards to study the city’s street cleanliness and the report suggests City Hall is painfully aware of the magnitude of the problem on its streets and sidewalks.

“This collaborative process with SF Public Works will drive deeper analytical work that aims to support operational decisions,” the report contends, noting that the Controller’s Office plans to increase survey evaluations and make them more granular to individual neighborhoods.

Despite the report and the voiced efforts, none of that solves the problem of poop on the streets of San Francisco or the exit of businesses from the City by the Bay.

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