EUREKA!: Someone Created A Poop Map Of San Francisco To Track The Homeless
Want to know where the homeless relieve themselves in San Francisco? Lucky for you, there’s now an interactive poop map that pinpoints which Golden City streets people defecate on.
Jennifer Wong, a web developer, created the map — dubbed “Human Wasteland” — to find where the homeless dwell in the West Coast city, according to Reuters. Her efforts got a boost thanks to the growing problem with people using Frisco streets as commodes.
The city received over 5,000 complaints about feces and urine from June to November 2014. Wong used this data for her map that depicted where there’s the most crap happening.
The Tenderloin district received the most share of dung reports, followed by a high concentration of number 2 in the northeastern area of the city and in the former hippie mecca of Haight-Ashbury. Tenderloin is usually described as a no-go zone by tourist guides, owing to what the San Francisco Chronicle describes as its “Tenderloinloads of drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes and mentally unstable street people.”
“There’s not much choice other than the street when a homeless person needs a bathroom,” Wong told Reuters. “It’s pretty clear where the need is.”
Wong’s solution for this crappy predicament is to deliver portable toilets to all the high risk areas to give those less fortunate in bathroom options a better alternative than the street. (RELATED: THERE’S POOP EVERYWHERE: EPA Told Employees To Stop Pooping In The Hallway)
Fortunately for Wong and the entire Bay Area, the city is also trying to curb this fecal epidemic and has distributed several port-a-pottys since last summer. Complaints have dropped since the “Tenderloin Pit Stop” program was launched. Whether the city is fine with the port-a-pottys becoming a permanent fixture of the area is unclear.