San Francisco continues to the world-capital of smug progressivism, but is increasingly the kind of city no sensible person would want to live in.
“With a crime rate of 70 per one thousand residents, San Francisco has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes,” says the data collection site Neighborhood Scout. “One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 14. Within California, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Francisco.”
Smash-and-grab thefts from locked cars are so common that car repair shops have waiting lists. The city does not want to install surveillance cameras, and its aversion to tougher law enforcement had until recently left its police force at 1980s staffing levels.
On the hazardous waste side, the city is reporting an increase of syringes and feces sightings at 41 and 39 percent, respectively, over 2015 levels. That’s just an average. The hardest-hit area reported a 77 percent rise in discarded syringes and a 140 percent rise in feces. The city spends about $2 million a year on urine and feces cleanup.
But the city’s smug, progressive leadership is too busy passing ‘Sanctuary City’ ordinances to worry about silly things like crime and public health. “We’re a world-class city and the scenery is beautiful,” proclaim the city’s progressive elite as they pause to scrape hobo dung from the bottom of their $600 cross-trainers.
Maybe to all of those “tech workers” from Hyderabad and Tijuana, it’s just natural to have to step around piles of human feces as you walk down the street. And only a retrograde deplorable would consider it uncivilized not to have his car broken into once a month.
But, y’know, it’s all worth it to live in such terrific weather with such iconic landmarks… like Alcatraz, Folsom Street, and Starfleet Headquarters.
The city’s finances are equally “progressive.”
Despite $9 billion in tourism revenue and $4 billion in tax revenue last year, San Francisco faces a perennial budget deficit in the billions factoring in generous pension costs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Apparently, if you’re a trustafarian, a tech billionaire, or a wealthy Chinese/Arab immigrant, you can live well in San Francisco. For regular people, it sucks.
I remain baffled at why people choose to pay so much to endure a progressive, urban culture.