San Francisco’s Big Spending on Street Cleaning Isn’t Working


San Francisco spent $94 million in 2019 – approximately $257,534 per day – on street sweeping crews, sidewalk steamers, staffed portable toilets and other efforts to keep the city clean. “While progress has been made, the effort remains a losing battle,” San Francisco Chronicle columnist Phil Matier wrote December 22.


Matier noted that residents and tourists have been posting photos online of sidewalks littered with used syringes, trash and feces. In a recent survey, 33 percent of 1,282 tourists questioned cited homelessness and dirty streets as the least attractive aspects of visiting the city.


Oracle cited “poor street conditions” as a factor in its recent decision to move its OpenWorld conference – a large annual technology event – from San Francisco to Las Vegas.

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