06/27/2019

San Francisco has some streets dirtier than the world’s filthiest slums, new report finds

The City of San Francisco has more than 153 blocks with conditions so unsanitary that they rate close to the worst slums in India, Brazil or Kenya, a new report has found.

NBC Bay Area studied a 10-mile swath of downtown San Francisco, including tourist attractions like Union Square and several of the city’s biggest hotels, between Market Street, Grand Avenue, Post Street and Van Ness Avenue. It found feces on 96 blocks and discarded needles on 41 blocks.

That prompted UC Berkeley Professor Lee Riley, who specializes in infectious diseases, to warn of a high risk of possible infection for pedestrians or workers in these areas should they come into contact with those materials.

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