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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Guess Which SF 'Hood Loves Sit-Lie the Most?

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Civil Sidewalks, Sit-Lie ordinance -- call it what you will, the ballot initiative to make sitting down on public sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. illegal isn't some fringe idea from what passes for SF's hard right.

There's a popular -- some say "grass roots" -- push to give homeless people one more thing to worry about. And the law has its best polling numbers in a neighborhood you might not expect, according the Chamber of Commerce.

Both the Haight-Ashbury and the Tenderloin are full of homeless people, which is why those two predictable 'hoods are in the top three, according to the Chamber of Commerce's Rob Black. Black, a former candidate for Supervisor Chris Daly's seat in District 6 (the TL), told The Snitch that in the Chamber's polls, the Tenderloin was the neighborhood which supported civil sidewalks the second-most; the Haight -- where Mayor Gavin Newsom supposedly cooked up the whole idea to begin with after he took his infant daughter for a stroll down Pit Bull Lane -- was only third.

Number one for strong support for kicking the bums out? The beautiful, nice-smelling, scenic, douchey white and mostly free of homeless folk Marina District.

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Does this go to show you that it's mostly rich white folks who fear street kids, and that the rest of us -- you know, the ones of us who actually live near street kids -- are OK with it? Not really, Black said.

"Neighborhood by neighborhood, there wasn't much of a demographic split," said Black, who noted that keeping bums off of streets is far from a "wedge issue," but instead something near and dear to the hearts of many a San Franciscan, moderate and progressive alike. "It crosses geographic bounds, it crosses political bounds."

Still -- the Marina? Is this really a problem for Marina folk?

Black couldn't say why SF's earthquake zone is also SF's no-homeless zone. One more reason not to shop on Chestnut Street -- if you're anything like The Snitch, you may be confused for a transient, even with a cup of Jamba Juice.

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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