Homeless in San Francisco

Same old sad story, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle; and the photo gallery after the jump tell the story as well as the words.

An excerpt.

In recent months, those looking to pitch a tent or unroll a sleeping bag in San Francisco have found a primo location at Fifth and Mission streets.

At least one tent was sitting at the top of the stairs of the venerated Old Mint on Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

It’s not hard to understand why. Single or double, the price of overnight lodging is the same — free.

Plus, there’s the ambiance. While you relax after a hard day on the street, you can enjoy the towering Doric columns and the intricate detailing of the Classic Revival stonework.

There’s not much privacy, but who cares? You’re basically sleeping in the foyer of your own Greek temple.

If trash piles up, just toss it over the side. Someone will pick it up. Eventually.

If nature calls, well, you don’t have far to go to relieve yourself. And no one does.

City government is responsible for keeping the property clean and blight-free, but if the above photos are any indication, the people making the mess have been winning the battle.

Retrieved July 15, 2015 from http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Majestic-Old-Mint-has-become-a-campground-for-the-6384622.php

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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