As recently mentioned, I am in San Francisco. Much about this city is lovely; the gorgeous bays, the dramatic hills, the temperate climes.
Something quite unlovely, though, is the simultaneously heart-breaking and disgusting parade of humanity living on the streets.
I am staying at a modest hotel about four blocks from our playing site. Though I enjoy a brisk walk prior to playing bridge and to unwind in the evening, my jaunt is restricted in the evening.
Legions of humans live on the sidewalk. They range from the vacant-looking people who hold a modest sign: "Vet; please help" to the amusing "Family abducted by aliens; need money for tae chi" to the grotesque... filthy, starving humans missing limbs and eyes who haunt you if you forget to keep your eyes focused upward.
The smell of people frequently using the public sidewalks for a restroom adds to the decay of the scene.
My guess is that the vast majority of these people are either seriouslly mentally disturbed, addicted, or both.
What to do about them?