San Francisco Residents are Using Boulders To Keep Homeless Off Sidewalks

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Residents of San Francisco have finally had enough. They're so tired of tents lined up along their sidewalks by homeless people that they're taking matters into their own hands.

According to SF Gate, residents are buying boulders and placing them along their sidewalks to discourage the homeless from setting up their camp on their street.

These boulders weigh about a 100 lbs each and about two dozen have been used as barriers across Clinton Park.

Now don't worry, it's not completely blocking the sidewalk.

People can still walk by, there's just not a sufficient amount of space for tents to be set up.

Neighbor David Smith-Tan said that his family received a letter from the neighborhood about a month ago addressing the sidewalk problem.

"A bunch of my neighbors, we all chipped in a few hundred dollars and I guess this is what they came up with," he said.

Smith-Tan was on board with this idea because many of the tent-sleepers are drug users who will "shoot up and stay overnight."

Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition On Homelessness, told KTVU the boulders are an example of "anti-homeless architecture."

"We have 1,200 people on the wait list for shelter. That's for tonight. People have nowhere to go," she said.

The city does not plan on getting rid of the boulders. Hopefully, this will encourage them to put in more measures to prevent tenting on the sidewalks

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