Friday, October 04, 2013
San Francisco's Human Flotsam
San Francisco has always been home to drunks, drug addicts, and mentally insane people acting out in public, but lately they seem to be proliferating like mushrooms after a spring rain.
Yesterday afternoon a man was passed out in front of my apartment building at Franklin and McAllister, so the building manager called the paramedics. They checked that the person didn't require emergency assistance and then draped him with the yellow tarp above, telling the manager that somebody from homeless services would be by to pick him up. An hour later, somebody did just that.
As housing prices skyrocket in San Francisco, the only people who seem to be living here anymore are the wealthy, the well-compensated who pay too much for rent, the old-timers who bought a house or have a rent-controlled apartment, and the mushrooming underclass who are living off a network of public agencies. The situation is unsustainable and seems to be getting worse daily.