Since 2011, San Francisco has gone from around 5,000 reported instances of open defecation to over a whopping 25,000 in 2018!
Unfortunately, one of America's richest urban areas has a colossal issue with open defecation. Somewhere between 2011 and 2018, San Francisco encountered a monstrous increment in the announced episodes of human feces found on public streets.
In 2011, a little more than 5,500 reports were logged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. However, in 2018, the number surprisingly blew up to more than a whopping 28,000! Also, individuals call the city's phone hotline around 65 times each day to report heaps of human defecation on streets and walkways.
That adds up to 14,597 calls directed to 311 between January 1 and August 13, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Presently, city authorities are enhancing their response strategies regarding San Francisco's 'poop problem.'
Government watchdog 'Open the Books' archived the sharp increment over time in a rather shocking graph, first spotted by BuzzFeed editor John Paczkowski. Outstandingly, this is just a graph of the reported incidents, however, the real measure of feces on San Francisco's roads is probably going to be considerably higher than these insights propose.
"I will say there are more feces on the sidewalks than I've ever seen growing up here," San Francisco mayor London Breed told NBC in a 2018 interview. "That is a huge problem, and we are not just talking about from dogs - we're talking about from humans."
Tragically, San Francisco has battled with the issue of public defecation for quite a long time. The city even utilizes a 'Poop Patrol' that aims to keep the streets clean, which centers around the Tenderloin neighborhood.
In any case, the issue is greater than simply keeping the roads clean - it's an exhibit of the city's battle to suit its homeless populace in the midst of soaring rent costs and a diminishing supply of reasonable lodging. A 2017 review of San Francisco's homeless populace counted barely short of 7,500 individuals living on the street.
Consequently, they face restricted public assets, and open restrooms are no special case. Surprisingly, the median two-bedroom rent of $3,090 is more than twofold the national average of $1,180, and just 12% of families can actually afford to purchase a home in the city.
Due to an assortment of elements, including a deficiency of reasonable lodging and inadequacies in the mental healthcare system, in excess of 7,400 homeless people live on the city's streets without access to public bathrooms and other necessities. Regardless of whether the Poop Patrol is having any kind of effect stays to be seen, however, it's clear that the actual problem is much more serious than the grimy streets.