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San Francisco is disgusting. Yes, the bay, mountains, and ocean are beautiful. The geography might make it the most scenic setting for a metropolis outside of Rio de Janiero. But the city itself? Yuck.
Viewed from a high-rise or a fine restaurant, San Francisco remains striking, but stroll down a crumbling sidewalk and you’ll see the uglier reality. Trash blowing through the streets, grime coating every stationary object, and a putrid dumpster smell wafting through it all. Any identifiable tourist is quickly surrounded by scammers, vagrants and the meanest beggars you’ll find in the states.
The city’s Spanish-language motto is translated “Gold in Peace, Iron in War.” The first three words are accurate enough (“peace” might be misspelled), but the lamp posts are going to need a lot more iron if the residents can’t win their war on incontinence.
Concerns about San Francisco’s decaying light poles were ignited Monday night after one corroded by urine toppled onto a car, narrowly missing the driver.
The three-story-tall lamp post at Pine and Taylor streets snapped around 6:30 Monday and landed on a nearby car, almost crushing the driver. No one was injured.
A perfect storm of conditions rusted out the base of the pole, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission officials say, and caused it to fall. At the time, the lamp post, which was already old, was damaged by urine and weighed down by an oversized banner.
“We believe there was some contribution of dog or human urine on the base of the pole,” PUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said. “It has actually been an issue for us in the past. We encourage people and dogs alike to do their business in other places, like a proper restroom or one of our fire hydrants, which are stronger and made out of cast iron.”
I’ve never run a mayoral campaign, but opposing death by urine-corroded lamp posts might be a winning issue for the next challenger. Maybe the Ricochetti can help me in the comments. For all their talk about environmentalism, sustainability and stewardship, why are liberal cities so filthy?Published in