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New Public Spaces Are Supposed to Be for All. The Reality Is More Complicated.

November 15, 2018

By Winnie Hu : NY Times – excerpt

…Trash, used needles and feces there have drawn complaints..

Office workers sip coffee beside men sleeping in chairs pulled together. Tourists park their shopping bags where people shoot up heroin, or drink until they pass out. Panhandlers go table to table seeking handouts. Piles of trash, used needles and worse (human feces) have drawn complaints.

This is a scene from the heart of Manhattan, where a painstaking effort to ban cars and carve a public plaza out of one of New York City’s most famous streets — with birch trees, cafe-style tables and original artwork — has collided with stark socioeconomic realities(more)

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Do San Francisco residents want to follow Manhattan’s lead? NY has 60,000 homeless, 3,000 living on the streets, needles and poop. Sound familiar? San Francisco has over twice as many square miles to fill as Manhattan so we can have twice as big of a problem if we keep upzoning the city. Is this what we want to do?

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