Tourists shocked by what they see on San Francisco streets

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The streets of San Francisco…

Did nobody bother to Google the city they were about to visit? Before you make a trip to San Francisco, see the following:

From SF Gate: It’s something many San Franciscans see on a daily basis, outside their homes or offices and during their commutes. For better or for worse, locals are used to walking by crime scenes, have seen open injection drug use, and have witnessed mental health episodes firsthand.

But when a tourist lands at SFO, guidebook in hand, that reality can be shocking.

“Is this normal or am I in a ‘bad part of town?’ Just walked past numerous homeless off their faces, screaming and running all over the sidewalk near Twitter HQ and then a murder scene. Wife is scared to leave hotel now,” wrote an Australian Reddit user Wednesday.

That person isn’t alone. On Sunday, another tourist from Canada asked the San Francisco Reddit community, “Why is this city so terrifying?”

“I’d been there for probably less than a day, just wandering around the center, and already seen more than enough poverty and suffering to cause me wanting to leave desperately,” wrote another visitor from London in 2017. “I saw many people talking to themselves, or to things that weren’t there. Even in a Macy’s, and there weren’t any police officers to help them or do anything about it.”

Anyone who has hosted friends or family from out of town may have had to field similar questions.

Just those three Reddit posts garnered more than 650 comments, many of which were helpful suggestions (other neighborhoods to explore, safety tips, and more).

But the city’s own visitors’ bureau is struggling to come up with a good explanation for horrified tourists.

The streets are filthy. There’s trash everywhere. It’s disgusting,” Joe D’Alessandro, president of S.F. Travel told the Chronicle’s Heather Knight in April. “I’ve never seen any other city like this — the homelessness, dirty streets, drug use on the streets, smash-and-grabs.”

“You see things on the streets that are just not humane,” Kevin Carroll, executive director of the Hotel Council of San Francisco, also told Knight. “People come into hotels saying, ‘What is going on out there?’ They’re just shocked. … People say, ‘I love your city, I love your restaurants, but I’ll never come back.'”


29 responses to “Tourists shocked by what they see on San Francisco streets

  1. Liberals destroy every single thing they touch. Entire cities, and if allowed to continue, entire countries…like ours.😑

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    • Case in point about the destruction of entire countries: Venezuela. Before the country elected a socialist president, Venezuela was one of the wealthiest countries in the western hemisphere. Now it’s in a state of famine.

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  2. All the more reason to quit traveling. If the tourist dollars dry up, they will take action and solve some of these problems. Those dollars have to dry up first. Since no part of the country can assure anyone’s safety any more, not traveling is the best solution.

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  3. We were once a light on a hill; may we stop the process of becoming a trough in a sty.

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  4. Twice in San Fran’s history the populace got so fed up with the city’s crime and corruption that they literally rose up in armed rebellion against the government and the criminals and fought to take their city back.

    Sadly, this was when Californians still had ‘huevos’ and ‘testicular fortitude.’ Now the subjects of that sad city walk with blinders on, not seeing or commenting on all the horrid things going on.

    Welcome to El Sanfransisco! The newest 3rd world blighted nation.

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  5. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:

    Tourists horrified at state of San Francisco streets.

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  6. And then there is BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) where someone sat on a needle.

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  7. San Francisco is a far cry from what it was when I visited there in 1981-1982. New York City in the 1970’s and part of the 1980’s was in the same condition, in large enough parts of it.
    Everything goes in cycles. But the people of San Francisco are going to have to get outraged enough to vote in new change. It took New York City having to endure four years of David Dinkins in order to vote in Rudy Giuliani. I hope Frisco finds its Giuliani, SOON.

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  8. I was in San Fran in 1994. The evil spirits dominating that city even back then attacked me with horrendous pain the day I arrived. The minute I left the city, the pain was gone. This city has embraced the “gender-insane” agenda from the beginning. God’s wrath is upon all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men (Romans 1) and his righteous judgment has begun. There is no hope for any place unless the inhabitants will collectively repent on the scale of Nineveh (Jonah 3).

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  9. SF, Seattle, Portland, L.A., NYC, Baltimore, Chicago… all descending into squalor.

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  10. the downfall of San Fran.was when the queers and lesbians took hold of the city, the same fate with Key West, there they have it compounded by naked bike runs and It is very wild, free for all.

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  12. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:

    Sad that this is the state of the State of California. But the writing on the walls, People are leaving Cali in droves. People are NOT visiting Cali. This means that Cali is left holding the indigent and immigrant bag, so to speak. None of which are taxpayers. Just social liabilities. Good luck Cali!

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  13. Send in FEMA barges. They will take care of the problem permanently


  14. Welcome to the libtard world!why r these ppl surprised? Warning Key word

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  15. Margaret Hardesty

    Was last there in 2012, and was horrified by the filth and dysfunction. May a mighty storm come wash it all away.

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  16. SF is a sh*thole:

    Poop. Needles. Rats. Homeless camp pushes SF neighborhood to the edge

    ““There is a suitcase full of human s— on the corner of Isis and 13th,” the email read. “Last night, I had to threaten violence to a man smoking crystal meth on my front porch. This morning, my 2-year-old son and I watched a rat rummage through the trash in our gutter. “Things have been getting worse and worse on my block since 2010, and the city does NOTHING to fix it,” the angry email continued.”

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    • I wonder if the citizen who wrote that email voted Democrat?

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      • I’m going with a yes on that…

        “Those are the people who live on Isis Street, which should be everything that’s good about San Francisco. Funky flats. A group of progressive neighbors, many of whom are artists, writers and other creative types.”

        “The people who have homes on Isis aren’t get-off-my-lawn types. The neighbors I met seemed very progressive and genuinely heartsick that other people were living in these filthy conditions on sidewalks.”

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