What’s dirtier? The world’s poorest slums or downtown San Francisco’s streets? Bingo! If you said San Francisco, then close your eyes, touch a random part of the sidewalk below with your hand and then pat yourself on the back with poop. San Francisco is in the toilet. Literally. The city’s notorious human feces problem is getting worse and just adding to the garbage and drug needles already everywhere. Wearing flip-flops or open-toed shoes in the city is not only a bad idea, but could be dangerous. One wrong step could cover your foot in San Francisco poop or even stab you with a dirty needle.
San Francisco Poop Reports: 400% Increase
There’s a new and very sad reality for California. Downtown San Francisco is now more contaminated with garbage, drug needles, and human feces than some of the world’s poorest slums.
“I will say there are more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” said the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed to KNTV. “That is a huge problem and we are not just talking about from dogs — we’re talking about from humans.”
According to San Francisco City records, incidents of reported poop on the sidewalk has increased 400% from 2008 to 2018. There were over 21,000 San Francisco poop reports made to the city’s 311 services in 2017 alone.
San Francisco Poop Heatmap
Jennifer Wong, (@mybluewristband), a civil-engineer-turned-web-developer, used San Francisco 311 reports to build a poop heatmap website called Human Wasteland. Her interactive site allows you to browse Google Maps of downtown San Francisco and see where street feces has been reported.
Sidewalk Street Poop: Animal or Human?
So where is all the poop coming from? Although lazy pet owners who don’t pick up after their dogs contribute to the problem, unfortunately, most of the poop is human. The city often DNA tests questionable feces to determine if it is human or animal. For example, a foul-smelling 20-pound bag of feces was reported to the city at the corner of Polk and Cedar on June 30, 2018. The city DNA tested the bag.