Erica Sandberg joins City Journal associate editor Seth Barron to discuss the deteriorating state of public order in San Francisco.

The Bay Area’s most densely populated and desirable neighborhoods are being destroyed by lawlessness and squalor. San Francisco now leads the nation in property crime, according to the FBI. “Other low-level offenses,” Sandberg reports for City Journal, “including drug dealing, street harassment, encampments, indecent exposure, public intoxication, simple assault, and disorderly conduct are also rampant.”

With the situation growing more dire, residents are organizing to demand that the city take action against repeat offenders and strengthen quality-of-life laws. It remains to be seen whether the city will change its approach to public safety. “Meantime,” Sandberg writes, “the poor bear the brunt of low-level and property crimes.”

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There are 4 comments.

  1. Taras Coolidge

    In 2020, the Republicans should run against San Francisco.

    With lots of videos of filth and squalor.

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    • June 6, 2019, at 8:24 AM PDT
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  2. Texmoor Coolidge

    I read one of the local news stories linked in the article by Erica. A university professor was interviewed about why the neighborhood was going to hell and he blamed gentrification, not rampant homelessness. What a joke! No wonder things are getting worse there.

    Now there’s a damn socialist councilmember in my city who wants to weaken vagrancy laws only a year or two after a homeless man murdered a university student under a bridge. They never learn!

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    • June 6, 2019, at 9:00 AM PDT
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  3. colleenb Member

    Depressingly interesting or is it interestingly depressive? I have/had family who lived on the West Coast and it was always great to visit – different weather, vistas, etc. But now I just want to remember Portland, Seattle, San Francisco as they were. Agree with @Taras. The Republicans should just show the current state of those cities and then, as the President would say, “Why not give us a try. It can’t get any worse.”

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    • June 6, 2019, at 9:22 AM PDT
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  4. colleenb Member

    Also -can we get Andy Ngo on again soon? Enjoy his interviews.

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    • June 6, 2019, at 9:23 AM PDT
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