The Bold Italic | Why San Francisco's Homelessness Problem Is Still Complicated
Modern-day San Francisco is a city of brutal juxtaposition: the extremely wealthy thrive while thousands of our neighbors sleep on the streets, night after night. Even with the millions of dollars the city spends on homelessness every year, around 75 nonprofits dedicated to the issue and each mayor over the past four decades crafting his or her own plan to solve the epidemic, the reality is that the situation today is just as catastrophic as ever.
When it comes to the legacy of Mayor Ed Lee, who died from a heart attack at the young age of 65 on December 12, he’ll be remembered as a dedicated public servant who brought extreme growth to the city. But while that growth brought a booming job market, a changed skyline and a healthy budget, it also made the city’s housing and affordability crisis worse than ever before. So the frustrating question persists: Why isn’t one of the richest, most liberal, most idealistic cities in the country — and the world — able to solve homelessness? Will it ever be possible to see real change?