Being a bicyclist myself (I do obey traffic laws mind you) I can say that many folks like living near the "wiggle," the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park. More specifically, the Mission, Lower Haight, Haight, North of Panhandle, and parts of SoMa.... more
San Francisco's panhandling and puppies program aims to tackle two issues plaguing the California city: homeless beggars, living hand-to-mouth, and the influx of 500 dogs brought to animal control in 2011. A new city program plans to put both to good use.
San Francisco plans to pair ex-panhandlers with puppies in a program called WOOF- Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos. In exchange for homeless folks to give up panhandling, they will receive housing and a small stipend of around $50 to $75 a week. They would also take care of puppies while doing so, giving them valuable skills.
"Ultimately we want to see people live purposeful and full lives, and this is a step in the right direction," Bevan Dufty, director of Housing Opportunities, Partnerships, and Engagement, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The plan to curb the city's aggressive panhandlers also requires potential participants to undergo a screening beforehand to prove they aren't deranged or hoarders. After that, they receive training in animal care and job skills, the puppy, dog food, leashes, access to a veterinarian, and their incentive in the form of a stipend.
"This comes out close to what they'd be bringing in panhandling," Rebecca Katz, San Francisco director of animal care and control, told The Atlantic.
The project became a possibility with a $10,000 private donation; from there, Katz and Dufty's brainstorm provided a way for the homeless to make social connections and gain job skills.
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I think that just about all of us that have enjoyed a warm/sunny day in Dolores Park can attest, there is plenty of drinking going on in the park. Will there be an end to it altogether? This seems extremely doubtful but you never know.
According to the article you posted there have been people bringing in kegs. I have never personally seen that but I'm sure it happens. I, for one, am completely okay with people drinking in the park if they handle themselves and don't become a nuisance to others. I do not condone under-age drinking or the reports of heroin use, etc but think that responsible drinking is okay.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
This is a good and funny question! Maybe the South end of the park will be more focused on those soccer moms and their children and the North side will be full of 'hipsters'. Either way, people will have to make room for both and find a way to get along.
There is no doubt that the new playground brings in more of a focus on families nearby and can only help the values in the area. I certainly couldn't imagine that something that nice would bring prices down but stranger things have happened in the world.
That is an interesting turn of events.
Here in Northern Virginia, we are having some of the same issues, and they haven't been resolved yet either. It is one thing, when it gets dark at about 5pm in the Winter, however when there is sunshine until 9pm in the Summer, it seems a bit redundant.
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The Richmond or Sunset districts are great for access to biking venues (not the best weather-wise, tho) - you can easily get to: Golden Gate Park, The Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge (for rides to Marin County). On certain evenings, I believe there are still some serious riders jamming through GG Park doing laps at top speed - you can join them if you can keep up with them!... more
The best dog park in San Fran is called Fort Funston, and it's an enclosed beach. Unfortunately you have to walk down a big hill of sand to get to the actual beach but it's well worth the journey! I used to take my dog there all the time and he would run up and down the shore chasing the birds!! Oh my, what fun!... more