— By Jack Morse (@jmorse_) |
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try… oh whatever, who fucking cares. After struggling for several years to keep the homeless out of McCoppin Hub Plaza, Hoodline reports that the city has finally given up and just shut the thing down. Indefinitely.
According to John Updike, who heads the city’s Real Estate Division and in that capacity is in charge of the public space at Valencia and McCoppin Street, the plaza is now considered a construction zone and is off-limits to the public—as the chain-link fence that surrounds the park makes clear.
The chain-link fence is reportedly a placeholder until a permanent fence can be installed at a later date.
McCoppin Hub Closed ‘Indefinitely’ After Efforts To Clear Homeless Camps https://t.co/9uvdKxSWGL pic.twitter.com/X3frNeUYpS— Hoodline (@Hoodline) February 2, 2017
The city initially had high hopes for the mini-park, and rolled out the welcome mat for food trucks. The trucks never came, however, and homeless people began congregating there instead. But not to worry, Updike assured Hoodline that the indefinite closure is not at all about keeping out the homeless. Rather, it’s about public safety.
“There was a lot of abuse of the site and intimidation by people that frankly were doing illegal activities,” he told the publication. “There’s a lot of illegal activity that was occurring and it was to the detriment of the neighborhood being able to enjoy the rest of the open space.”
And while some may view the closure as a massive failure on the part of officials to utilize public land in a city where space is at a premium, perhaps this can be seen as a bold new crime-fighting strategy. Simply fence off areas where unsavory characters congregate and voilà, crime will disappear.
Now all we need is enough chain-link fencing to enclose 49 square miles, and we’ll be good to go.
[Rendering of an imagined fence from 2015: San Francisco Public Works via Mission Local]
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Another view: https://sffnb.org/2017/02/09/san-francisco-sanctuary-city-closes-mccoppin-hub/
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I am not surprised at all. This is the type of filthy disgusting behavior, that I have always expected from crooked politicians. What exactly did that idiot meant by illegal activities that were occurring in that place? Murders? Muggings? Rapes? Little kids been sexually molested? What was it? And please, don’t tell me anything about drugs. Or prostitution. I don’t want to hear any of those old sorry excuses used by crooked politicians all of the time to take away our freedoms. Anyway, how much is that small piece of land there worth, mister John Updike, from the city’s Real Estate Division? Wait, the city’s Real Estate Division? Ok, I get it now. The only abuse, and intimidation here, is the one been committed by these crooked government people. The right thing to do in this whole situation, is to just back off, and let these poor homeless folks have that place. But, I know politicians, so I know that they won’t do that. They can’t. It is not in their nature. They just can not be good decent human beings like everyone else. They always have to create some scheme to make money. And this is exactly what this whole thing is really all about. Don’t let them tell you otherwise.
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