Of course the visitor experience is not all positive. Surveys of travelers and hotel guests show that 26% of respondents listed traffic and parking as the least liked aspects on the city while 23.7% cited homelessness. These are key factors that affect the decisions of large conferences choosing San Francisco as their host city.
Local officials are recognizing this trend and are addressing the situation with their 2020 public policy focus by introducing the Clean Safe 365 campaign. The goal of this initiative is to”cleaner, safer streets that encourage, rather than hinder, the prosperity and wellbeing of citizens”. And they plan to do this by providing supportive services for those struggling with mental health and drug-related issues. increasing foot beat patrols, expanding the EMS and community paramedic program, and increasing recruitment for police.
In addition, the City has enacted the Downtown Streets Program which provide homeless or close to homeless people jobs in exchange for services such as street cleaning. The hope is that they can use these benefits to help lift them out of their situation while also gaining dignity through the work they’re doing.