“Is this Sonic the Hedgehog?”
A map showing every report of human feces on the streets of San Francisco since 2011 went viral after being shared Monday on Twitter.
The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay tweeted out a screenshot of a map tracking reports of public feces in the city, commenting: “holy shit.”
holy shit https://t.co/p89gHsIZcZ
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 22, 2019
Markay’s tweet of the image, which showed the city nearly entirely covered in brown markers denoting “human waste reportings,” went legitimately viral and was retweeted more than 4,500 times.
The map was created by Open the Books, a “nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog group” that tracks government spending.
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San Francisco’s public bowel movement problems have made headlines recently, with many conservatives accusing the city, which is widely viewed as a liberal bastion, of ignoring the plight of the underprivileged homeless while wealthy elite citizens prosper.
Multiple outlets have catalogued the city’s issues with homelessness. A United Nations expert said in 2018 that the city’s homelessness “crisis” constituted a human rights violation. According to Business Insider, San Francisco has the highest rate of street homelessness in the nation.
The staggering rate in human feces incidents reported in the Golden City could be viewed as a reflection of the broader homelessness problem.
Open the Books has tracked the purported “brownout” in the Bay Area, tracking a significant spike in the number of incidents of human feces on the streets since 2011.
Lately there has been a brownout in the Bay Area… Since 2011, there have been at least 118,352 reported instances of human fecal matter on city streets. @ForbesOpinion https://t.co/4nzW2iNLvf pic.twitter.com/4itldSUafq
— OpenTheBooks (@open_the_books) April 17, 2019
San Francisco has seen a steady rise in the number of human feces incidents in the past seven years. In 2018 alone, citizens reported 28,084 instances of human waste on the street. Overall there have been at least 118,352 reports.
Commenters note that these figures represent only the incidents which were actually reported and that the real numbers are likely even higher.
City officials have acknowledged the problem. Last year, Fox News reported that San Francisco politicians formed a “Poop Patrol” in an attempt to address the crisis.
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