All lament how they hope for a stronger response from City Hall. Slowly, with a barrage of messages, they may be breaking through the din.
An apparently drug-crazed man screams, lurches, and falls over. Business as usual, if you can call it that, at 7th and Mission, south of Market in San Francisco.
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"Human decay is what I call it," said Adam Mesnick as he watched from across the street.
On Twitter, he goes as @bettersoma -- another video vigilante trying to draw attention to a problem he and neighbors describe as out of control.
"They terrorize the whole neighborhood," said Cynthia Rogers, who lives nearby.
They're soldiers in what has become a Twitter assault, tagging San Francisco politicians who have begun to respond. Last weekend, San Francisco Mayor London Breed caught one of the tweets and had a mess at a bus stop cleaned up within two hours.
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"Yeah, and I think sadly we have a lot of challenges that have existed for so many years," said the mayor.
Same guys we videoed as they apparently passed syringes. @cleanupwestsoma already had it. Knows them too well. "You knew you live in a bad neighborhood," said a junkie to him. #abc7now @SFstreets @bettersoma pic.twitter.com/RQ9TuLBhCa— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) October 1, 2018
Had Mayor Breed looked at the feeds Monday morning, she might have what appeared to be junkies passing needles to each otther and sharpening a weapon.
Another video vigilante, @CleanUpWestSoma, captured that one. "We have feces and urine and people shooting up and people with machetes and kids riding bikes."
"Is the city paying attention?"
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"I don't think so," said @CleanUpWestSoma.
"An eleven billion dollar budget and they can't keep a street clean?"
Desperate times. No end in sight. And citizens who feel that they're working harder to clean up their neighborhoods than the people they elected.
"Live-ability. Live-ability. That is what we want," said Mesnick.
"Is it moving in the right direction?"
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