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Mission District Residents Super Uptight About Graffiti

The Mission District has long drawn the attention of the national press, who have alternately labeled it “a million times more hipster than Brooklyn” and the city’s “creative hub.” And while those labels may or may not be accurate, a new report compiled by real estate company Trulia reveals an interesting fact about the people actually living in the neighborhood. It turns out Mission denizens are super uptight—at least when it comes to graffiti offending their delicate sensibilities.

A review of last year’s 311 calls to the city shows that the neighborhood had one of the highest number of complaints about tags in the entire city.

“The Mission, Chinatown and SoMa (South of Market) neighborhoods have the most graffiti complaints,” reads the report. “The Mission had 10,675 complaints in 2016 – making up almost one out of every four complaints made in the city.”

That’s just over 29 phone calls every day last year in the Mission alone. I guess people need something to do while waiting in all those lines.

[Photo: Timothy Palmer]

Comments (4)

Well, almost. Mission people used the app, rather than phone calls.    Last year by more than 10 to 1 Missionites reported graffiti though the apps like SF311 rather than voice in phone calls.  For 2016 it was closer to two voice phone calls a day, and 30 app submissions a day.  (797/365  vs 10,819/365)

After the SF311 app got going in 2013, throughout the City, areas of high graffiti density, such as Mission, had a much steeper slope of growth than did the neighborhoods of traditional low graffiti counts.  Story goes, that if one is used to seeing a lot of graffiti tags, it doesn’t feel worth it to spend 5 -8 minutes on a phone call to report it, but remove the friction to report and changes occurred.  20 seconds with an app, is different than a long phone call.     

Uptight about having to pay to clean up some offensive shit painted onto our property before we get fined by the city, sure.

It appears that residents of Mission are extremely formal—at least when it comes to graffiti that can hurt their delicate feelings. See:

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