Posted by DrJohn on 22 December, 2017 at 3:58 pm. 4 comments already!



SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — San Francisco is working to keep clear a popular camping spot for the homeless by having crews place huge boulders on areas under the Highway 101 interchange at Cesar Chavez St.

The streets and ramps beneath 101 on the edge of Potrero Hill is the area known as the “Hairball” because it’s such a confusing array of routes for drivers, who often mistakenly find themselves driving onto Potrero Ave. or Bayshore Blvd. instead of 101 or Cesar Chavez. It’s also been a popular place for the homeless to set up camp for decades, until the city cleared the encampment last month.

As first reported in Mission Local, boulders placed just off the roadway in different sections of the Hairball are the deterrent the Department of Public Works Deputy Director Larry Stringer hopes will make it a hard place for the homeless to set up camp.

“The boulders was an idea that we thought we’d try,” Stringer told KPIX 5. “This is an experiment. We’re trying something different, kind of see what happens.”

“We would spend that amount of money in a day, definitely in a week, because of the amount of time we were spending over there cleaning up the encampments,” said Stringer.

Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness says the city is missing the point with moves like this.

“It’s just another do-nothing type response to homelessness,” said Friedenbach. “I would say it’s not a good use of city resources.”

More at KPIX


And if that doesn’t work, they deploy robots

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