The giant stainless steel cauldron squatted by the dark stairwell in the old Mission District Victorian. Antonia, savior and monster, had raised me from infancy. Seven years and three months old, I was no longer soft and dimpled but angular with long feet and hands.
When I said I was going to write about the open-air pissoir in Dolores Park, everybody had the same question: Did you try it out? This should not be confused with complaints that there are not enough places at Dolores Park to drain the dragon. In that case, neighborhood groups were upset that party-hearty Dolores Parkers were peeing willy-nilly on walls, trees and sidewalks.
Despite having experience living in a major US city, I found quite a few surprises coming here. Some have been great, while others not so much. And if you already live in SF, this should give you a laugh or two and hopefully inspire you to leave a comment with anything I missed.
The year-old victim was standing in front of a Muni bus stop with his two daughters and was waiting to meet his girlfriend when the man came up and began urinating in the bus shelter, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said. The victim asked the man to stop but he yelled expletives in return. The argument turned physical but the victim was able to break free and began walking away when the suspect came up from behind and attacked him again, Shyy said.
But no formal vote was taken. Moreover, it quickly became clear that police are often on the front lines of the homeless issue because they are the only department able to respond at any hour. Police have also fallen into the role of enforcer when various city agencies, such as the Department of Public Works and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, clear encampments, said Kelley Cutler of the Coalition on Homelessness.
According to city statisticians, the block of Hyde Street, a span about the length of a football field in the heart of the Tenderloin neighborhood, received 2, complaints about street and sidewalk cleanliness over the last decade, more than any other. The San Francisco bureau photographer, Jim Wilson, and I set out to measure the depth of deprivation on a single block. We returned a number of times, including a hour visit, from 2 p.
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He has signed on with the Pacific Justice Institute, which has threatened to take legal action against the city if it does not remove the urinal. For 23 years, Patrick Sullivan has lived across the street from Mission Dolores Park, one of the most scenic patches of recreational space in this increasingly crowded town. On sunny weekends, Dolores Park becomes a giant beach blanket for thousands of fog-fatigued San Franciscans.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that San Francisco's superior court judges have scrapped 66, warrants since for various quality of life crimes, including peeing and sleeping on the sidewalk as well as being publicly intoxicated. Presiding judge John Stewart told the Chronicle 's editorial board that their reasoning was that it was pointless to enforce the laws because the homeless aren't able to afford the fines. San Francisco has long been plagued by the foul stench of urine. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders explained just how bad the the problem was in a column, via the American Spectator :.