posted at 18:50
Author: Stan Schroeder
Poop map shows scale of San Franciscos human tragedy
It's common knowledge that San Francisco has a serious homelessness problem. Estimates of the size of the city's streetbound population vary between 6,000 and 10,000, depending on the source. One thing isn't invisible, however: the problem of human poop on sidewalks. Since the city slashed funding for Parks and Recreation in 2009, there's a distinct shortage of working public bathrooms. Web developer Jennifer Wong created the Human Wasteland map out of that public data. The project, which won Zillow's SF office Fall 2014 Hack Week contest, offers monthly maps from January to June 2013 - but that's enough to give you a sense of where the problem is. "The city is making some moves in the right direction," Wong says. The map was first reported by The Bold Italic, which also published this excellent backgrounder on the city by the Bay's big poop problem last year.

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