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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
NBC breathlessly reports…needles and feces in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, as news
In something dubbed "investigative"
reporting, NBC would have us know that San Francisco's Tenderloin district is a
pigpen, filled to the brim with junkie needles and human excrement.
The NBC Bay Area
Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of
trash, needles, and feces. The investigation revealed trash littered
across every block. The survey also found 41 blocks dotted with needles
and 96 blocks sullied
with piles of feces.
File under non-news, unless you like
minutia. You wonder how much time they invested on the story for
being able to tell us that. As if it were something new.
Anyone who has lived for any time in
San Francisco knows that's the place you stay out of. I lived there,
on and off, for 14 years, having been a student there in the 1980s and 1990s
and forced to take the city's public transportation, which goes right through
that area, and this has always been the state of things. Do we see
the problem spreading geographically, based on the NBC charts? Not
really. The grossness is up, but it's pretty well confined to the
same old places. Such hype.
The real story is that nothing has
changed, tech boom or no tech boom. The area is still the same old
"gross," even as city coffers fill and bureaucrats grow more numerous
with the vast expanding left-wing government. NBC says the city
spends $30 million to clean it all up, and, well, the first thought that comes
to mind is how much of that goes to bureaucratic salaries and bennies, not the
actual cleaning up of the streets so filthy they amount to a health
hazard. Because though the people interviewed say they're doing
cleanup, it's not exactly making a difference, and they seem to know it, too.
What might be going on is the
tail-end of the tech boom, and with property values soaring, and conditions
remaining exactly the same in the most disgusting part of America's most
expensive city, some developer wants to hose that dump out, the better to get
his money's worth on the soaring property values. Hence the story,
banging on the drum of grossness and telling us the zone is disgusting.
Tenderloin "Church goers"
Why is the Tenderloin such a
revolting place? Why, after all the money that has flowed in from
multiple booms, and all the decades that have gone past, is that place the same
old cesspit it's always been? Hint: It's loaded with social services
agencies and a police force that goes out of its way to bow to activist groups
who favor its special interest groups – hookers, the homeless, and illegal
aliens (such as José Inés García Zarate, who was a
regular in those parts before venturing eastward toward the
Embarcadero-area piers to kill Kate Steinle). As Thomas Sowell has
said, you can have all the poverty you'd like to pay for.
And the NBC report shows it, quoting
up and coming politicians offering "solutions" such as more beds for
the homeless instead of self-sufficiency programs and incentives to make
them...not homeless. As if those things have never been proposed
before. San Francisco's last Republican mayor was elected in
1964. The combination of leftist policies and one-party city
corruption is ultimately what's behind same-old, same-old, doing the same
insane acts over and over and expecting a different result.
That's left NBC reporting that the
sky is blue, with some fancy-schmancy map technology to identify the grossest
streets. How much better it would be if NBC would find out instead
why this is happening and engage in actual reporting.