When you're living on the street, information is currency. Some homeless folks have phones, sure, but the data they're looking for isn't a quick Googling away. Where eat, where to sleep, and where to score are all important — and which shop owners aren't going to flip if they see a tent pitched outside even more so.
But what's currently on the minds of every dweller in San Francisco's Tent City, U.S.A. — centered underneath the US-101 overpass where South of Market and the Mission District meet — has been where they're going to be forced to next.
“Move anywhere between Folsom and Bryant, [police said]. Anywhere here, we're good,” said street resident Hoyt Walker, who's been documenting the city's recent response to homeless on his YouTube channel TheHoytShow
Last summer, Mayor Ed Lee famously said that homeless people would have to "move" while the city welcomed Super Bowl 50 to town. Now that the Super Bowl is here, there's another problem: Tent City has become overly congested, dangerous, combustible.
“When it's spread out, it doesn't look bad," Walker said. "They didn't really know how many people were out here.”
But now, the residents of Tent City can feel something else coming, a new plan in the works to push them even further out of the way before the approaching flood of Super Bowl tourists.