"Maybe there has been an epiphany," says David Latterman, president of Fall Line Analytics, a local market research firm. "People have realized they can hate George Bush but still not want people crapping in their doorway." Latterman is quoted in today's Chronicle by author C.W. Nevius, who took on Mayor Gavin Newsom's new Downtown Outreach Program in another article on the subject, published last Wednesday. What has changed in the past seven days? The murmurs heard here on Curbed SF and elsewhere have reached a critical mass; San Francisco is shouting for change. We even have numbers: though it was an informal one, 90 percent of respondents to last week's SF Gate online poll lent their support to a city-led crackdown on the SoMa area.
This consensus appears to have been born not from given political positions per se, but from a primary concern for safety of person and property—theory has met reality. Nevius reiterates what we already know: luxury townhouse or TIC, owners are financially and emotionally invested in their homes. He also notes that Gavin has chosen to take on this, well, volatile issue during campaign season, a choice most likely influenced, if not forced outright, by "consumer demand." Bottom line? Political leanings aside, nobody wants to maneuver through a toxic land mine en route to work or school. Talking head Latterman sums it up: "People are just pissed. For the first time, even the left is saying they've had enough." What, precisely, to do about it? This is where it gets interesting.
· C.W. Nevius visits the homeless sweep area South of Market [SF Gate]
· SoMa patrols to shepherd homeless away from tourist areas [SF Gate]
· Mapped: SF Downtown Outreach Program [Curbed SF]
· Buyers, Breathe: Social Outreach in SoMa [Curbed SF]
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