POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (New York; San Francisco): Homelessness, street people, "P-U quotient", commentary (Debra J. Saunders): "Big Apple vs. Big Toilet: Why is NYC so much cleaner than S.F.?" ....
* San Francisco Chronicle (Debra J. Saunders): "Big Apple vs. Big Toilet: Why is NYC so much cleaner than S.F.?" - From the Chronicle:
Why is New York so much cleaner than San Francisco? It’s a question you hear all the time, even as some New Yorkers swear that Mayor Bill De Blasio’s lighter approach to law enforcement has undone some of the gains made under former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. I spent three days walking at least 5 miles daily in Manhattan last week. The one time I was accosted by a strong whiff of urine, it was from horses in Central Park.
Good luck walking two blocks in downtown San Francisco without smelling piss.
Yes, I saw panhandlers, guys with squeegees, street people, the sorry-looking and the down-and-out, especially in Midtown. Most just made me sad. The homeless were not invisible, but in my limited time (and maybe I was lucky), there was not a moment that I felt menaced — as one can feel walking down Market Street toward City Hall in San Francisco.
Why does our city reek so much more than New York? Both cities share liberal sensibilities, although New Yorkers have been known to elect Republican mayors. Not San Franciscans, who last elected a Republican in 1959.
Recently I asked Ess Eff Mayor Ed Lee what he sees as contributing factors to San Francisco’s high P-U quotient. His answer: ......................