Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chainsaw noise vs. sleepers: is this who we are?

Been lots of sleepers lately outside Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco. Makes sense: the marquee holds off the rain and it's relatively a clean well-lighted place, one that feels almost safe by comparison to many other possible spots.

Now, I'm sure that running a de facto open-air shelter has its problems. But is it really necessary to jangle both the sleepers and the passing public with chainsaw noise? This in s'morning's SF Chronicle:
"Having tried everything else, the managers of San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium are blasting the overnight homeless off their doorstep with the high-decibel sounds of chainsaws, motorcycles and jackhammers - topped off with an aircraft carrier alarm. The nocturnal bombast - which runs at a steady clip between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. - is broadcast through the Civic Center building's outside speakers..."
Tried everything else, my foot. Would it be gauche to recommend a little tenderness?

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