The imposing silhouette of the Green Federal building on 7th and Mission can’t be missed. The solar panels adorning its roof is a sight to be seen. Unfortunately, the costly Green building has generated a lot of bad attention lately. We decided to examine the situation closely.
The sight of dirt, feces, urine stained sidewalks, and trash that welcomed us was nauseating. It was hard to believe we were a few blocks away from San Francisco’ s beautiful landmarks.
The street neighboring the Federal building Plaza has become a haven for drug dealings, shootings and a favorite for the homeless.
After as series of broad daylight shootings, nearby residents of new High Rise Soma Grand, led by Claude Gruen, a Soma Grand resident himself (and owner of an urban development business) are taking the matter in their own hands. They are asking the federal building to clean up its act.
Emails and petitions have been sent to Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco Police chief: Greg Suhr, Captain Charlie Orkes, Captain Kevin Cashman and Supervisor Jane Kim of district 6; urging them to support and push for the construction of a Police substation on 6th street.
Ironically, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee recently announced that San Francisco was named the Greenest city in North America. How can the Greenest city tolerate such crimes, vandalism just a few blocks away from its own City Hall?
In our book Green means healthy living and beautiful surroundings. How can such a Green building attract so much negativity?
It is one thing to tolerate and be clement towards the homeless, but it is another to respect the safety and preserve the health of its residents.
As the constant sounds of police sirens permeate our brain, we can’t help but wonder how long it will take to restore peace and beauty in this transitional neighborhood.
Stay tuned as we will cover the latest developments. For more, check press on San Francisco Gate and video by Kron TV Stanley Roberts.
Special thanks to Lola White for all her help.
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