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Mapping San Francisco’s Sidewalk Pooping Problem

Watch your step.
San Francisco Public Works launched “Pit Stop” programs to reduce human waste on its streets.
San Francisco Public Works launched “Pit Stop” programs to reduce human waste on its streets.Stephen Lam / REUTERS

San Francisco is dealing with a number of crises right now: congestion, affordability, gentrification, public transit funding—the list goes on. But a new interactive map suggests public pooping is a pretty big problem as well.

Over the last few years, the city has seen more and more human waste crowding its sidewalks, so much so that one Medium writer dubbed the city “Shitty San Francisco.” Back in 2014, web developer Jenny Wong created a map of all the public reports of excrement sightings made that year. The result was a startling image of a city inundated with filth, particularly near the financial district—a popular tourist locale.