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IPFS News Link • Homeless

The rich door and the poor door:

• By MICHELLE THOMPSON, and BRIAN STIEGLITZ

Residents of a San Francisco condo building where units sell for $1million say they're living in fear after an adjoining alleyway became the city's biggest homeless encampment.

The massive tent city - occupied by a feces-hurling man and an assortment of other untoward characters - is paces away from The Artani, an eight-story Van Ness Avenue complex where residents say they're being spooked by a growing number of vagrant neighbors.

Condo resident Amber Lusko said the encampment, exacerbated by the COVID pandemic, has drawn rats, thieves, and mentally unstable adults who are turning their neighborhood into a state of bedlam.

'It's pretty consistently nerve-wracking,' Lutsko told KPIX 5. 'This just seems to be a safe space for chop shops, drug trafficking.'

Complaints are being lodged as new data indicates that San Francisco's district attorney Chesa Boudin has charged people with theft in less than 50 percent of cases throughout his tenure.

Some Artani units have sold for more than $1million, KPIX 5 reported. Current listings for one-bedroom units run for 670,000.

The building sits near Willow Street, between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street, home to San Francisco's most heavily-concentrated homeless encampment, the outlet reported.

Another resident named Shannon said police have done little to help curb the violence and seedy behavior.


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