Why Are There Obstacles in San Francisco Mission? – NBC Bay Space
Some neighbors on San Francisco’s Capp Street celebrate a series of new concrete barriers installed on the Mission District’s thoroughfare.
Local residents said last weekend was the first they’ve been able to rest without a near-constant stream of prostitutes and the traffic they attract. But members of the San Francisco Fire Department said the barricades posed a whole new problem for the city’s first responders.
The concrete barriers are a heavy-duty installation for what some neighbors have described as a growing problem on Capp Street.
“It was like a day-night difference,” said resident Will Stone. “They went up and all the activity on the streets during the night really stopped.”
Lulu, who declined to reveal her last name, is a resident who has organized efforts to crack down on sex workers.
“Finally the city is listening,” said Lulu. “And that’s not a long-term solution, but it’s proven to be so helpful.”
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency recently installed other signs, but some have moved them out of the way, residents said. The Department of Public Works installed concrete barriers this past weekend.
Lulu and other neighbors were surprised to see a series of tweets from the San Francisco Fire Fighters Union saying installing the barriers was “selfish” and “we need to stop bugging people who don’t understand public safety (to ) allow one to critically express oneself uninformed decisions.”
San Francisco rescue workers are raising concerns after the city replaced wooden barricades on Capp Street with concrete barricades in a bid to curb neighborhood sex work. Christie Smith reports.
A union representative did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s request for further comment.
A spokesman for the San Francisco Fire Department made the following statement about Capp Street:
“City authorities and community groups are working together to address the issues raised on Capp Street that meet the needs and address the issues raised by all parties.”
Capp Street residents who have tried to get the city to act on their problems said they hoped the barriers were just the first step.
“To really figure out how to finally solve this problem,” Stone said. “And not just move it to another neighborhood or somewhere where people don’t care as much.”