The Globe has covered the demise of once-beautiful and world renowned city of San Francisco. From Walgreens closing, as well as more and more stores in the city over the massive amount of crime, to the flagship Whole Foods store announcing they are closing, multiple more non-chain stores are closing throughout the city. Last month, both Nordstrom and Saks Off 5th announced the closure of 3 main locations in the city, along with T-Mobile, Old Navy, and Williams-Sonoma also announcing closures, the Globe reported.
This is a good news/bad news story.
Sebastian, a San Francisco resident and friend to the Globe, just published a story about San Francisco’s new urban garden district, which is one solution to getting rid of tents on the sidewalks in front of businesses. “They installed steel planters on their Ellis sidewalk about 3 months ago which soon after was followed by their neighbors along Van Ness and Franklin. And just like that, San Francisco’s new ‘Urban Garden District’ was developed.”
In April, Sebastian reported that the local Jaguar Land Rover San Francisco dealership on Van Ness and Ellis took the initiative to spruce up their neighborhood with urban gardening to fight crime, after the San Francisco Mayor’s and the Chief of Police’s offices failed to respond to their complaints about crime and vandalism. And after a car was stolen from the Van Ness Jaguar dealership. And after “a woman living in a tent next to the dealership often goes naked in front of this dealership’s large window to take a dump that employees and customers can see.”
Sebastian reported the Jaguar/Range Rover dealership on Van Ness and Ellis installed this planters next to their building (the Ellis side) to discourage homeless encampments.
So why are the new urban garden district planters being destroyed, defaced and vandalized?
Let’s back up.
Just last month, Westfield announced they are handing their San Francisco mall back to the bank – just one more devastating departure in the deteriorating city.
Westfield’s departure marks the latest in retail companies abandoning the city, the Globe reported. The city is being abandoned by anchor businesses.
Even Littlejohn’s Candies is closing its San Francisco location.
It's sad when people need to resort to periphrasis:
The owners said they had been seeking a new kitchen outside in a place “not as volatile as the Bay Area.”https://t.co/w11kkCaX96
— Cornelius Dilligaff (@CDilligaff) July 17, 2023
Notably, Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, has claimed that downtown San Francisco will not be going back to its pre-pandemic state, Breitbart just reported. “Benioff said that the area is ‘never going back to the way it was’ and advised Mayor London Breed to convert some offices into housing and hire more police. ‘We need to rebalance downtown,’ Benioff said.”
As one resident just told the Globe, it’s like Mogadishu – after the Globe equated it to Dante’s Hell.
Sebastian reflected back to when Dianne Feinstein was the Mayor of San Francisco and had a dream of “turning Van Ness Avenue into the American version of Champs- Elysees, the 1.17-mile boulevard in Paris with fabulous cafes, bars, boutiques, and residential buildings.”
“But, until now, Van Ness is still a mess and nothing compared to Champs-Elysees. Van Ness is lined with tents, trash, graffiti, and broken windows, and perfumed with the smell of urine. Van Ness Avenue is a ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams & Promises’ in which a dysfunctional city government is fully displayed.”
Sebastian continued: “Businesses along Van Ness have been struggling for years due to decaying street conditions and crime.”
Read Sebastian’s first hand account of the day-to-day in San Francisco the boundless crime, as well as the residents who are determined to stay and fight for their city.
His articles sound like the many Californians determined to stay and fight to turn California around.
Here is Sebastian’s article at Beyond Chron:
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