Lamentably, people have been aware of this disgusting reality not only by taking a walk but also thanks to an interactive map called Human Wasteland. This app was created four years ago thanks to the ongoing cases of people using the streets of San Francisco as some kind of public bathroom.
Apparently, this map charts every single location for human excrement “incidents” reported to the police during a given month. As if it was some kind of sick joke, the interactive map even shows you the exact locations of the incidents by marking them with the famous poop emoji.
According to Engadget, this app was created by civil engineer and web developer Jennifer Wong. This project won an internal hacking contest for workers of a real estate page. Naturally, the reason for this project was not only to highlight the cases of human excrement but also to expose the horrible reality that this city has been experiencing for a couple of years now.
The map reflects San Francisco´s problems with the lack of services for the homeless people and the limited and filthy public restrooms that the city provides to these individuals. Naturally, what seems like one of the most terrible details of this reality is that the highest concentration of human excrement is in a downtown alley next to the financial district. Naturally, the problem is not only that this is a very important part of the city, but also the fact that this is located in a high-traffic area frequented by tourists.
The graphical heat map of Human Wasteland tracks poop reports made to 311 and even breaks them down by neighborhood.
Naturally, this whole situation only shows how this liberal city has failed to solve the serious homelessness problem that has been existing for a couple of years now. Depending on the source, estimates of the size of San Francisco´s street-bound population vary between 6,000 and even 10,000. Of course, we´re talking about a really high number for a city that wishes to become the cornerstone of the United States.
Logically, that population of homeless people, largely confined to just a few nonresidential downtown neighborhoods, can easily become almost invisible to most residents. However, one thing that is not invisible at all is the problem of human excrement on the sidewalks. After all, we´re talking about a serious situation that while it was initially ignored, it is now the elephant in the room in this city.
According to several reports, since San Francisco slashed funding for Parks and Recreation back in 2009, there has been a distinct shortage of working public bathrooms in the city. As you can imagine, that situation led to a spike in reports of public pooping to San Francisco´s 311 helpline.
Last week, it was reported that the city will get an extra $9 million from the federal government in order to solve the homelessness situation in the most effective way. Apparently, with this money, San Francisco will obtain a total of $41.5 million in homelessness grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this category, San Francisco is second only to Los Angeles in Southern California, which receives $109.4 million.
I have personally never seen human poop on a sidewalk…
But evidently in San Francisco you need a map (published by City of SF) to avoid it. Poop is everywhere. #SanctuaryState #SanctuaryCity #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder
— America Saved ??? (@PMgeezer) January 16, 2018
This extra $9 million that the city will receive is part of $2 billion grants that the government announced last Thursday. Reports state that San Francisco, which is a major tourist city on the west coast, literally spends about $300 million on homelessness every single year.
Apparently, this extra grant will help the city to expand programs that provide housing for the homeless people sleeping on the streets. The federal government awards the grants every single January for local agencies in order to address homelessness. Lamentably, this terrible phenomenon has risen sharply along the west coast over the last few years, where rents have become way more expensive.
Santa Clara County, which is located in the southwest of the city, will receive $22 million. On the other hand, Alameda County will get $35 million, which is the second biggest amount in the city´s Bay Area.