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‘There is a massive change in this City and no one is watching out for the long term residents’
Letter to Mayor London Breed expresses frustration with ‘30-40+ drug sellers’ on Eddy and Polk streets
Dear Mayor Breed,
I have lived in the City for almost 30 years, in the same building and am appalled at the open drug dealing on Eddy between Polk & Van Ness.There is a nursing home on the corner of Polk & Eddy & it is literally surrounded by 30-40+ drug sellers & passed out people on the sidewalks every day.
Both sides of Eddy are full of young drug dealers, speaking foreign languages, laughing, partying with women blocking the sidewalks for pedestrians.Where did these drug sellers all come from? I can't even walk to the mailbox without seeing people laying on the ground in a coma, some with clothes almost off. In a one block area, I was offered drugs, yelled at, struggled to even find a path to get through at 4pm in the afternoon. Great that nearby the new Van Ness Rapid Bus is finally finished after 6 years of construction but go 10 feet from the bus stop and there are all the drug dealers in an open air market. Unbelievable!!!I have never in my life seen such a scene in any country I have traveled to (I was a Travel Agent) much less in my own San Francisco neighborhood. Where are the Police? Where are these big drug busts that I see on TV? Is this from clearing out the Tenderloin? So now they are moving up toward Van Ness? Every time the Police drop by Polk they all run up to Franklin & Eddy and there are now 20,30+ people standing under the residents windows of 880 Franklin/Eddy, selling drugs, dumping trash, cars with loud speakers driving up constantly. We have NEVER seen such a thing as this before. It has been bad enough with all the homeless tents constantly setting up around our building but this is a brand new disaster in the making.I feel like I live in the ghetto even though the rent on my building is not cheap. I cannot believe that SF is trying to get tourists back in town & we have this kind of drug dealing allowed so blatantly during the day and night. So at United Nations Plaza there is a Linkage Center to get people off drugs while the drug dealers are flooding all the City blocks around the Tenderloin selling everyone drugs. Does this make sense? All the tax dollars, State dollars, Federal dollars & we cannot control this situation where is is not safe for residents to walk to the mailbox?No wonder people are moving out of the City. It just keeps getting worse. My neighbor returned to England last week saying she cannot walk our streets & feel safe. She lived here 25 years. Our building has the highest vacancy rate in 35 years because of the homeless, tents, drug dealers, car break ins surrounding our buildings and on and on. There is a massive change in this City and no one is watching out for the long term residents. They are giving up. Hope you, Mayor Breed, have some empathy for us and look into what has caused this new disaster.