The Filthy Streets of San Francisco

Diseased Streets


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.

How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city – the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains. The area – bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Market Street, Post Street and Grant Avenue – is also home to City Hall, schools, playgrounds, and a police station.

“The contamination is … much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India"
Comment: Nice!


  1. And only seven figures to get a condo there. What a bargain!

    One has to wonder what it will take before the companies that do business there say "shape up, or we ship out."

  2. Comment from my daughter who lives in San Fran:

    Yes, this is true. There is an area of town that I avoid, as do most. I wouldn't agree that this is a tourist destination though... no idea why tourists would go into the Tenderloin.


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