This morning's Thanksgiving run started a beautiful morning. Near 8 AM and the sunny temps just a smidge above 50 degrees. The route; the usual. The mission: to informally assess the state of the homeless situation & see if there are any improvements by running about Golden Gate park and counting. Turns out, not so much. This is a non-scientific assessment, but from my view it seems like the solutions to the homeless situation appear to be as static as the population. Can we expect to get a different result by doing the same things over and over again?
As it seems it has happened post "Care-not-cash," it seemed like the bulk of the Park was devoid of homeless folks. They tend to gravitate to the periphery, into the neighborhoods as well, and the lesser parks (like Buena Vista). The first three folks I spied were camped out near the old firehouse on Oak, tucked into an approach to some one's garage. Looked like they had just gotten up as they were packing up their stuff, perhaps to move on.
The largest clump of homeless folks were, as in years past, at the intersection of Haight and Stanyan. I'm sure I missed a few, as I tried to spy as many as I could, but there had to be about a dozen folks congregated just east of the frog pond. I'm not sure what draws folks to that location, but it might be that there's a McDonalds across the street - of course, I'm assuming they are not shopping at the Whole Foods - also across the street on the north side of Haight.
There is always a random assortment of folks wandering up and down Haight street. This year, I was serenaded by a homeless woman, who was singing just near the "Listen to this Wall" corner. She was putting some energy into it. Seemed happy. I yelled "Sing it sister," as I ran by. Not sure she took that the right way.
Round about Masonic, along Haight was the usual gaggle of about two dozen Hells Angels. I'm guessing as I lost count trying to navigate and run through the throng of tattooed, tough looking, leather wearing men.
Anyway, that's the news that's fit to post: The official count - 48 Homeless & about 2 dozen Hells Angels. Improvements? You be the judge.