In Heather Knight’s article in the San Francisco Chronicle, she discusses the impending issues of homelessness in the city. She shows the point of view from the tourist industry and how damaging it is to businesses in that sector. She uses the testimonies of various hotel employees throughout the city discussing the complaints left by tourists. President of the Handlery Union Square Hotel, John Handlery, attempts to thank and address the complaints of his patrons, when patrons complain about the vivid street scene outside the hotel he replies with “I am sorry about the street scene, but unfortunately our city has failed to address the issue.” People in San Francisco feel almost as if nothing is getting any better despite the spending used towards the issue. “In a city that spends $305 million a year to combat homelessness, those who serve as San Francisco’s hosts struggle to explain why the problem isn’t getting any better” (Knight). Tourism is responsible for 9 billion dollars coming into the city each year and 80,000 jobs, if the issue at hand isn’t corrected it will impact the the economy. With some of the grueling words tourists have to say about the problem, the author sheds light on some of the situations tourists have faced, “Kelly Powers, associate director of the Hotel Council, said she recently saw an aggressive homeless man approach a little boy walking with his family in Union Square and grab and shake him from behind” (Knight). It’s actions like these that keep tourists away from the city. Knight talked about how plenty of hotels have already lost customers for those exact reasons with some patrons saying “Wow, from our hotel to Moscone Center, my folks are going to have to literally walk through this? (Knight). The author’s main thesis being with little to no help from police and the city government, tourism is facing serious consequences with operation.
- What course of action can the city take to address the concerns of the citizens, tourists, and business owners?
- Would a large amount of homelessness affect your decision to vacation in a city?
Knight, Heather. “SF Tourist Industry Struggles to Explain Street Misery to Horrified Visitors.” SFChronicle.com, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Jan. 2018, http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/SF-tourist-industry-struggles-to-explain-street-12534954.php.
Quelling the Camps
Quelling the Camps