San Francisco officials removed a grouping of large boulders installed on city streets by local residents to block homeless camps this week; saying the rocks posed a risk to motorists and pedestrians.
“The city of San Francisco on Monday removed about two dozen small boulders from a residential side street after a group of neighbors had them installed last week in an effort to deter homeless people from camping out on the sidewalk amid the city’s ongoing crisis,” reports Fox News.
“San Francisco’s Public Works removed the rocks set up along Clinton Park in the city’s Mission Dolores neighborhood. Residents last week said they pooled their funds to keep drug users from having a space to shoot up as they camp out overnight,” adds Fox.
Director Mohammed Nuru claims the rocks “were not big enough” and were being moved off the sidewalks and into the streets.
The city’s ‘Coalition on Homeless’ praised the move on social media, writing “They should remove all the anti-homeless design and hostile architecture from the rest of the city while they’re at it — most of which are *City-sanctioned.*”
#BREAKING: DPW is currently removing the boulders from Clinton Park.
They should remove all the anti-homeless design and hostile architecture from the rest of the city while they're at it — most of which are *City-sanctioned.*
— Coalition on Homelessness (@TheCoalitionSF) September 30, 2019
Original story: September 24, 2019
The homeless crisis sweeping California took a turn for the worse this week, with neighborhoods in San Francisco installing “boulders” on city streets to keep transients from erecting tent cities.
“A residential side street in San Francisco now resembles a scene out of the rocky West after a group of neighbors banded together to place about two dozen boulders along the sidewalk to try and deter homeless people from camping out amid the city’s ongoing crisis,” reports Fox News.
“They’ll shoot up and stay overnight,” neighbor David Smith-Tan told KTVU. “A bunch of my neighbors, we all chipped in a few hundred dollars and I guess this is what they came up with.”
“Similar landscaping measures have been implemented in other parts of the city. The California Department of Transportation has put rocks in an open space off Bayshore Boulevard to deter encampments, while the Eureka Valley-Harvey Milk Branch of the San Francisco Public Library – in the same neighborhood – has made design choices that are perceived as anti-homeless, according to KTVU,” adds Fox.
Experts say San Francisco’s homeless population is up more than 30% in 2019.
Read the full report at Fox News.