I caught a few minutes of Michael Savage ranting about why tourism is way down in San Francisco. They say the tourism industry is suffering because of the economy. Sure. But as I've said in the past, the other problem is the hyper-aggressive bums and the waste they leave behind.
Can you name a US city with more aggressive bums? Thought not. To call them "homeless" is an insult to those who find themselves out on the street but want to rejoin society. These bums follow you around, belittle you, and urinate and defecate right on the streets. Union Square reeks of urine and feces in the morning. The stench on Market Street is unbelievable.
I wrote to Gavin Newsom a few years ago and after 4 months one of his assistants wrote back, only to inform me that these people are drug addicts and alcoholics. Duh.
I don't know how San Franciscans put up with it. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, with (for my way of thinking) absolutely perfect weather, has let itself become a cesspool. With all of the taxes they pay you'd think the streets would be clean at least.