I don't understand how this post caused so many knee jerk reactions to homelessness and housing etc. I swear you bring up _anything_ related to San Francisco and it triggers people. If you hate the city so much how can you stand living there?
There is no excuse for a city with the per-capita wealth of San Francisco to suck as bad as it does, and "overzealous law enforcement" is not even on the list of problems the place actually has.
When a basic level of order is not being maintained, hand-wringing about a hypothetical police state falls flat with members of the public, some of whom are thinking fuck it, moving to Singapore sounds nice right about now.
There used to be an easy solution to this: vote for change. The problem, in my opinion, is that San Francisco has passed the political event horizon of single party rule. There is a monopoly government with no hope for competition and a huge welfare state that keeps the machine moving along. This won’t stop until they run out of other people’s money or Roombas are sophisticated enough to clean up streets. Of course, they’ll ban those too.
I live in one of those cities mentioned and while it has its own problems like any place does, it's quite remarkable how safe it is. You'd have no problem walking alone down some shady alleys as long as you mind your own business.
Some numbers if you want them:
Also Tokyo seems pretty great, but I haven't lived there.
He was in the hospital for quite some time.
Another guy I know was shot 3 times when someone tried to rob him & he ran. He almost lost his ability to walk.
It's a dangerous city.
Lived all over Los Angeles for over a decade and never even witnessed an armed robbery, let alone experienced one. Never had my car or house broken into either.
SF is overrun with dangerous heroin needles, human shit on the streets, burglary, and armed robbery. It's just pathetic and the amount of denial about it is enough to make you think some of the residents are insane.
There were 42 homicides in San Francisco (2018).
There were 184 homicides in Memphis last year (2018), Memphis has roughly 200,000 less people than San Francisco
There were 156 homicides in Indianapolis last year (2018), Indianapolis has roughly the same population as San Francisco
There were 200 homicides in Kansas City (2018), Kansas City is roughly 1/2 the population of San Francisco
If you look at St. Louis and Baltimore you'll realize there are places of similar or smaller population with much more crime
There were 186 homicides in St. Louis (2018), St. Louis is roughly 1/3 the population of San Francisco
San Francisco compared to the rest of the United States is relatively safe and the entire Bay Area is actually getting safer including San Francisco (58 homicides in 2016).