Friday, June 5, 2015

WOW, I Have Finally Discovered What San Francisco is Doing with Its Homeless

There are still far too many homeless roaming the streets of San Francisco, but the count is way down from a few years ago.

Al Jazeera reports:
SF gentrification pushes lower-income residents into radioactive areas

Treasure Island and Hunters Point, two derelict and contaminated Navy hubs, are key to city’s affordable housing plan

The Hunters Point Shipyard and its annex at Treasure Island were once used to clean boats returning from nuclear-weapons testing in the Pacific. Now they will soon be the sites of much-needed affordable housing stock in a city where high demand and speculation have produced explosive gentrification and displacement. Renderings for the new neighborhoods are attractively designed, picturing modern shopping areas, parks with eco-friendly low-water shrubs, and the pièce de résistance: sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.
The illustrations, of course, leave out the black-and-yellow radioactive warning signs that litter the parcels of land where cleanup is still underway.
The former military bases have been a key part of the city government’s strategy to house lower-income residents. On Treasure Island, more than a third of the population is formerly homeless....
The Navy is responsible for paying for the cleanup, which has been underway for decades. Harrison said it wasn’t too long ago that potentially contaminated sewage used to pop up out of manholes on Third Street in Hunters Point. Currently, one method of waste removal used by the Navy is to push potentially contaminated dirt near the shipyard 100 yards out into the bay.


  1. Some crafty lawyer is going to have one helluva class action lawsuit against the city and the navy a generation from now.