A year ago, I wrote a post about how tourists are starting to see San Francisco and how the city just didn’t care about the tourists’ opinion.

It’s something many San Franciscans see on a daily basis, outside their homes or offices and during their commutes. For better or for worse, locals are used to walking by crime scenes, have seen open injection drug use, and have witnessed mental health episodes firsthand.

But when a tourist lands at SFO, guidebook in hand, that reality can be shocking.

“Is this normal or am I in a ‘bad part of town?’ Just walked past numerous homeless off their faces, screaming and running all over the sidewalk near Twitter HQ and then a murder scene. Wife is scared to leave hotel now,” wrote an Australian Reddit user Wednesday.

Well, the tourists noticed and as a result:

Big Convention Pulls Out Of San Francisco, Citing Unsafe Streets

Tourists are turning away from the City by the Bay, while a huge medical convention has cancelled plans to meet in San Francisco, saying its members don’t feel safe on the streets.

Locals may feel comfortable, but visitors are often shocked when the reality of San Francisco’s streets is a far cry from its postcard image.

This is something I have and will never understand about “big city folk.”  How does a person normalize to the idea of seeing some homeless junkie taking a shit on a sidewalk while jabbering to themselves and think “that’s just life in our diverse metropolis.”  No, that’s a deranged person shitting on your street, being a biohazard to the rest of society.

“You can smell it,” says one tourist.

“I come from a third world county and it is not as bad as this,” says another.

Holy fuck.

Now it’s seriously affecting the city’s biggest business: tourism

Who’d of thunk that?

“They feel their safety is as risk because they are seeing so many people with issues,” says Kevin Carroll of the San Francisco Hotel Council.

“They see people laying on the streets — petty crimes going on in the streets,” says Joe D’Alessandro with Travel SF.

I went to my last convention in San Francisco in 2011 when I got a paper published.  The two-block walk from the hotel to the convention center was littered with panhandlers and bums that were begging from the people attending the convention.  Half of them were smoking pot, stoned, sitting on the street with a cardboard sign in their laps.  I can’t imagine how much worse it’s gotten in the 8 years since then.

Tourism rakes in $9 billion per year in San Francisco, so officials have been reluctant to go public with the problem. In part, it is because it makes the city look bad and that’s bad for business.

That is some God-damn Soviet level bullshit.  Rather than fix the embarrassing problem, the bureaucrats hide it.  Fuck the city management and everyone who keeps voting for them.  They deserve every bad thing that happens to the city.

A major medical association has pulled its $40 million convention out of San Francisco over the state of the streets.

“The convention felt that the streets of San Francisco are not a place that a lot of their delegates wanted to come to,” says Alessandro.

The medical group is not alone.

“A number of groups are concerned about the streets of San Francisco,” says Alessandro. “They say ‘we don’t know if the streets are safe, we don’t know if we want to meet here.’”

You mean a bunch of doctors don’t want to get accosted by junkies and bums?  I’m shocked.  I bet Orlando is happy to take them.  There are no bums in The Mouse’s back yard, he makes sure of that.

San Francisco spends over $300 million each year on housing and homeless programs, but you wouldn’t know it walking down Market Street.

“It’s obviously not making the difference that it needs to,” says Carroll.

Well ackshually… any economics nerd will tell you that what San Francisco has created is a perverse incentive and that rather than fix its homeless problem – which is also a drug problem – it attracts more homeless junkies who show up for all the free giveaways.  There was a whole South Park episode about that.

The hotel industry is pressing for a heightened police presence in tourist spots to give people the feeling of safety and comfort. They also want the existing laws on drugs and loitering better-enforced.


As long as the radical Left still rules the roost in San Francisco the police will always look the other way and crime, vagrancy, and public drug use will go up.

Like in every other case, the woke management won’t suffer an ounce but the working people who rely on the business income – in this case, tourist dollars – are going to get punched right in the wallet.

Go woke, go broke, San Francisco tourism.

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By J. Kb

7 thoughts on “San Francisco goes woke, Convention business goes broke”
  1. I am so glad we don’t live in California any more.

    My last trip to the Bay Area was last year, to Berkeley. The place just looked and felt shabby, even in the “nice” area around the school itself. My wife’s last visit, earlier this year, had her seeing homeless camping out in what used to be streetside planters for flowers.

    You get more of what you subsidize.

  2. San Fran residents are like the tiger in a cage pacing back and forth, when a public appeal had it released into a big enclosure, it continued to pace back and forth as though in a 10 ft cage

    The point is that those who live in SF do not know what they put up with everyday is not normal and others do not suffer it

    People who live elsewhere and are just visitors KNOW better

  3. There are plenty of homeless in the Orlando area. They just try to keep them out of the Lake Buena Vista (Disney) area, and away from International Drive (the Convention Center).
    Drive through Kissimmee, Pine Hills, or Davenport. Those places are shit holes.

  4. That convention story dates from last year. I shudder to think how much worse SF has gotten.

  5. How can the average San Fran person ignore the deranged people and the human waste?
    Easy, they are the frog that got boiled slowly.

    It is the tourists that are being dropped into the water that is already boiling, and are jumping out before they are scalded.

  6. Daughter went to New Orleans a few years ago, about two years after Katrina. They were really trying to get tourism back up, and the tourist areas had HEAVY police presence.

    Of course, the locals also warned her “Don’t you go past X street that way, or Y street that way! It’s not safe for you!”

    Apparently Frisco refuses to learn “At least keep the tourist areas safe and clean.”

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