Sunday, August 5, 2012

The SF Chron takes up sit-lie statistics

Not a bad feature today on disproportionate use of San Francisco's "Sit-Lie" ordinance in the Haight-Ashbury. Allowing, that is, for the general assumption by the SF Chron's Heather Knight that people who lack housing are ipso facto no-good weirdos.

It looks like the Chron does have some new statistics in this area. It would have been nice, though, to see some reference to the prior work in this area by T.J. Johnston of the SF Public Press and Bob Offer-Westort of the Coalition on Homelessness.

[Added 8/6/12: Here's part two of the story. This time with the Kevin Fagan touch added: way more heart. I just always wonder about his invasions of privacy: squeamish-making even though speakers seem to have agreed to be quoted.

Best quote, from long-term street alcoholic Roland Dequina: "I'd love to move inside, but can I afford $3,000 a month? No. Do I want to live in one of those places the city gives homeless people in the Tenderloin, around a bunch of junkies? No. So I'm here."

Nice, at least, to clarify that the choice to "reject services" tends to be rationally made even when self-destructive.]

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