(ZeroHedge) Despite spending over $94 million – or around $257k per day this year, San Francisco is still a needle-infested, poo-covered, failed experiment in tolerance that continues to scare major conferences and their tourist dollars away from the city’s $9 billion-a-year industry.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “while progress has been made, the effort remains a losing battle,” despite paying ‘poop patrollers’ nearly $200,000 [each] to manage the town’s fecal fiasco.
Hilariously, while Mayor London Breed participated in a media blitz in response to software giant Oracle’s decision to move their massive annual convention to Las Vegas after two decades in SF, an image of a guy taking a shit in a local Safeway was going viral. Like hepatitis C.
“We don’t want Oracle to be the beginning of a trend,” said SF Travel CEO Joe D’Alessandro, adding: “If that becomes the case, San Francisco will be in for some very tough times.”
D’Alessandro noted that 33% of the 1,282 tourists questioned in a survey this year commissioned by agency cited homelessness and dirty streets as the least attractive aspects of visiting the city. Other dings against San Francisco — traffic and parking came in second, at 29%, and the high cost of visiting the city was third, at 13%.
That said, the survey, which was done by market researchers Destination Analysts over a 10-month period, found that despite the homelessness, dirty streets and expense, 97% of the hotel visitors said that they are likely to return to San Francisco. -SF Chronicle
“Do people love or hate San Francisco? Well, it’s really both,” D’Alessandro opined. “What concerns us is that convention planners are a much more selective breed. Our street conditions and costs could tip the destination selection to somewhere else that doesn’t have these same issues, and we could lose significantly.”