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You used to watch out to not step in dog crap and get it stuck to your shoe, now it the same for human crap. We have come a long way down in the last 25 years. We continue to "dumb down" America. It's time to start back up again.
 

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I went to college not too far from San Francisco, used to go there on most weekends to hang out and do things. If you were a dirt poor college kid there was an awful lot of things to do that were free and fun, even just hanging out at Fishermans Warf, we took the BART in from Concord for a couple of bucks.

Unchecked liberalism has just destroyed that city, like a virus. They're so wrapped up in their idiotic intersectionality crap that they can't even control bums crapping on the streets.
 

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A business acquaintance moved to downtown San Francisco and left after six months. He was afraid to touch his shoes, kept them at the door of his place on a special mat, handled them with rubber gloves, etc.
 

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A business acquaintance moved to downtown San Francisco and left after six months. He was afraid to touch his shoes, kept them at the door of his place on a special mat, handled them with rubber gloves, etc.
 

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I've heard of SF's homeless issues being referred to as the "homeless industrial complex". SF currently spends over $300 million a year on the homeless problem. Non profits have been springing up to get a share of that. But even with the best of intentions, the need for the money to keep coming in requires the homeless problem to maintain a status quo.
 

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The Navy sent me to Firefighting “A” school on Treasure Island San Fran.
Like Snaphook, we would ride the BART into town and hang out at Fisherman’s warf just to get off base. Lots of good memories of that city. Got my first tattoo there.
This was back in the early 90’s.

It’s sad how many beautiful cities go to $hit when the Democrats take over.
 

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SF, like the rest of CA has a lot of really great things going on, and a lot of ridiculous failures. The hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance going on in the Bay Area is insane.
 

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The Navy sent me to Firefighting “A” school on Treasure Island San Fran.
Like Snaphook, we would ride the BART into town and hang out at Fisherman’s warf just to get off base. Lots of good memories of that city. Got my first tattoo there.
This was back in the early 90’s.

It’s sad how many beautiful cities go to $hit when the Democrats take over.
That’s 10 years after me. 79-83 for me, lots of great memories of one of the worlds truly beautiful cities. Treasure Island must be an awesome place to be stationed.
 

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That’s 10 years after me. 79-83 for me, lots of great memories of one of the worlds truly beautiful cities. Treasure Island must be an awesome place to be stationed.
I was stationed on Treasure Island In 91 for a few months during school.
Then it was off to Pascagoula Ms for 8 months while my ship was being overhauled at the Litton Ingals ship yard.
Now that was a boring place...
 

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San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
by Scott McKenzie


If you're going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you're going to San Francisco
You're gonna meet some gentle people there

For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair

All across the nation such a strange vibration
People in motion
There's a whole generation with a new explanation
People in motion people in motion

For those who come to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there

If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there


Writer/s: JOHN EDMUND ANDREW PHILLIPS
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
 

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Opinion | America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals.
America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals.
The demise of a California housing measure shows how progressives abandon progressive values in their own backyards.
By Farhad Manjoo

To live in California at this time is to experience every day the cryptic phrase that George W. Bush once used to describe the invasion of Iraq: “Catastrophic success.” The economy here is booming, but no one feels especially good about it. When the cost of living is taken into account, billionaire-brimming California ranks as the most poverty-stricken state, with a fifth of the population struggling to get by. Since 2010, migration out of California has surged.

The basic problem is the steady collapse of livability. Across my home state, traffic and transportation is a developing-world nightmare. Child care and education seem impossible for all but the wealthiest. The problems of affordable housing and homelessness have surpassed all superlatives — what was a crisis is now an emergency that feels like a dystopian showcase of American inequality.

Just look at San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi’s city. One of every 11,600 residents is a billionaire, and the annual household income necessary to buy a median-priced home now tops $320,000. Yet the streets there are a plague of garbage and needles and feces, and every morning brings fresh horror stories from a “Black Mirror” hellscape: Homeless veterans are surviving on an economy of trash from billionaires’ mansions. Wealthy homeowners are crowdfunding a legal effort arguing that a proposed homeless shelter is an environmental hazard. A public-school teacher suffering from cancer is forced to pay for her own substitute.

And there is no end in sight to such crushing success. At every level of government, our representatives, nearly all of them Democrats, prove inadequate and unresponsive to the challenges at hand. Witness last week’s embarrassment, when California lawmakers used a sketchy parliamentary maneuver to knife Senate Bill 50, an ambitious effort to undo restrictive local zoning rules and increase the supply of housing.

Not-in-my-backyardism is a bipartisan sentiment, but because the largest American cities are populated and run by Democrats — many in states under complete Democratic control — this sort of nakedly exclusionary urban restrictionism is a particular shame of the left.

There are many threads in the story of America’s increasingly unlivable cities. One continuing tragedy is the decimation of local media and the rise of nationalized politics in its place. In America the “local” problems plaguing cities are systematically sidelined by the structure of the national media and government, in which the presidency, the Senate and the Supreme Court are all constitutionally tilted in favor of places where no one lives. (There are more than twice as many people in my midsize suburban county, Santa Clara, as there are in the entire state of North Dakota, with its two United States senators.)

That’s why, aside from Elizabeth Warren — who has a plan for housing, as she has a plan for everything — Democrats on the 2020 presidential trail rarely mention their ideas for housing affordability, an issue eating American cities alive. I watched Joe Biden’s campaign kick off the other day; the only house he mentioned was the White House.

Then there is the refusal on the part of wealthy progressives to live by the values they profess to support at the national level. Creating dense, economically and socially diverse urban environments ought to be a paramount goal of progressivism. Cities are the standard geographical unit of the global economy. Dense urban areas are quite literally the “real America” — the cities are where two-thirds of Americans live, and they account for almost all national economic output. Urban areas are the most environmentally friendly way we know of housing lots of people. We can’t solve the climate crisis without vastly improving public transportation and increasing urban density. More than that, metropolises are good for the psyche and the soul; density fosters tolerance, diversity, creativity and progress.

Yet where progressives argue for openness and inclusion as a cudgel against President Trump, they abandon it on Nob Hill and in Beverly Hills. This explains the opposition to SB 50, which aimed to address the housing shortage in a very straightforward way: by building more housing. The bill would have erased single-family zoning in populous areas near transit locations. Areas zoned for homes housing a handful of people could have been redeveloped to include duplexes and apartment buildings that housed hundreds.

The bill had garnered support from a diverse coalition of business and advocacy groups, and its sponsor, State Senator Scott Wiener, had negotiated a series of compromises with some of its fiercest opponents. Polls showed the measure to be widely popular. For the first time, something extraordinary looked possible: California’s wealthy homeowners would abandon their restrictionist attitudes and let us build some new housing.

Nope. Instead, Anthony Portantino, a Democratic state senator whose district includes the posh city of La Cañada Flintridge and who heads the appropriations committee, announced that he’d be shelving the bill until next year. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, he worried that the law would spur lots of people to move near residential bus routes, which he suggested would alter the character of enclaves like his.

And? Why is that so bad?

Reading opposition to SB 50 and other efforts at increasing density, I’m struck by an unsettling thought: What Republicans want to do with I.C.E. and border walls, wealthy progressive Democrats are doing with zoning and Nimbyism. Preserving “local character,” maintaining “local control,” keeping housing scarce and inaccessible — the goals of both sides are really the same: to keep people out.

“We’re saying we welcome immigration, we welcome refugees, we welcome outsiders — but you’ve got to have a $2 million entrance fee to live here, otherwise you can use this part of a sidewalk for a tent,” said Brian Hanlon, president of the pro-density group California Yimby. “That to me is not being very welcoming. It’s not being very neighborly.”
 

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San Francisco’s Quality-of-Life Toll

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San Francisco is the nation’s leader in property crime. Burglary, larceny, shoplifting, and vandalism are included under this ugly umbrella. The rate of car break-ins is particularly striking: in 2017 over 30,000 reports were filed, and the current average is 51 per day. Other low-level offenses, including drug dealing, street harassment, encampments, indecent exposure, public intoxication, simple assault, and disorderly conduct are also rampant.

Many in law enforcement blame the crime wave on Proposition 47, which in 2014 downgraded possession of illegal narcotics for personal use and theft of anything under $950 in value from felonies to misdemeanors. Anti-incarceration advocates disagree with that argument, but theft is indisputably booming, and narcotics activity is exploding on sidewalks, parks, and playgrounds. When compounded with other troubles for which the city is now infamous (human feces, filth, and homelessness, which is up 17 percent since 2017), San Franciscans find themselves surrounded by squalor and disorder.
 

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Why would anyone want to live like that? Why would anyone pay for public parks and the like if they all turn into shanty towns?
 

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I emailed the article to a friend.
San Francisco’s Quality-of-Life Toll


I thought his reply was an interesting synthesis:

Again this is part of a trend in all major US cities. The military did a study that says the cities will become hollowed out shells. There will be enclaves for the rich and government etc will be there but the homeless and poor will be there in larger numbers. Gangs will end up controlling more and more of cities. The rich will have their own security and government buildings and hospitals will have security but being out and about will be difficult. I have spent time in Detroit. In downtown Detroit there is the Renaissance Center and that is about it. Walk a few blocks from the Renaissance Center and you can be in trouble. It will only get worse as low paying jobs go away due to automation. Seattle is not far behind SF. You are OK during the day but at night things get different. Right now cities are where the jobs are but city cores will hollow out. It is a world wide phenomenon. Mexico City and Sao Paolo are not bad during the day (well, Mexico City is) but at night things change.
 
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