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Sidewalks of San Francisco—still stinky despite anti-urination law

Thursday, July 11, 2013

If you’re counting, the ban on public urination has been on the books in San Francisco for 11 years. And, as the Chronicle’s Vivian Ho notes—and your nose has probably told you—it hasn’t done much good. Cops can’t arrest offenders without catching them in the act and neither video nor eyewitness accounts are enough to issue citations. Result: 5,636 requests to Public Works for power-washing sidewalks between January and June alone.


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