While the service says it is aware of the problem and is assigning 30 more officers to patrol the network, it simply cannot keep up. As he walked towards the platform, the clip showed a man smoking out of a bong crafted from a plastic bottle, and another man appearing to inject himself with a substance. Most worryingly was a man seen standing in the middle of the walkway, hunched over and not moving, almost like a zombie.
He appeared to wobble slightly as Gafford moved around him, but nobody sitting along the walls showed any indication the sight was out of the ordinary. San Francisco has been struggling to cope with its homeless population.
In , the results of San Francisco's bi-annual 'homeless census' showed the city had an estimated homeless population of 7, Mayor Mark Farrell has vowed to clean up the streets and earlier this week, about 50 tent-dwellers were evicted in a sweep of problem streets.
We have offered services time and time again and gotten many off the street, but there is a resistant population that remains, and their tents have to go,' he said. Police posted before and after photos of Ellis and Stevenson Streets showing they were completely empty after the Wednesday raids. Earlier this month, Joe D'Alessandro, head of San Francisco's visitor bureau, begged city officials to clean up the streets.
I am, frankly, glad the rider has shared this,' he told CBS Local. So we're going to work very hard to see a change. Mr Lopez said two officers were assigned to cover two stations, which saw them dashing back and forth from fiasco to fiasco.
He conceded problems with homelessness and drug use had increased significantly lately. San Francisco's issue with homelessness is the result of many factors, but income disparity plays a major role. The study showed San Francisco had the highest rate of income disparity by a wide margin - the city was trailed by Los Angeles, where the top one per cent was earning High incomes in the Silicon Valley and tax breaks for tech startups throughout the city mean some of the world's biggest technology companies call San Francisco home.
In , Curbed reported while 64, new jobs had come to the city, only 5, new homes had been built. San Francisco's Tenderloin was bustling with tents, sleeping bags, the meager possessions of the city's homeless on Tuesday - now it is empty Police posted before and after photos of Ellis and Stevenson Streets showing they were completely empty after the Wednesday raids On Wednesday, Ellis and Stevenson Streets, usually covered in tents and lined with the city's homeless, were cleared by local police.
But while the city believed they were doing something good for residents, many were concerned about the locals and where they would go. Twitter user Jennifer Cedar-Kraft wrote: Where did all the humans and their meger belongings go? It's not great, but I don't call the cops on them or want them to get hosed down. This is not the solution unless they have a better place to go. But did you actually help those in need?? We just set up somewhere new.