Commonwealth Policy Center

After 165 years, a historic San Francisco department store may be about to close down. It’s not due to the lack of sales, but rather due to lawlessness. The famed retailer called Gumps criticized public officials in an open letter. They said city leaders are failing to upholding proper social expectations in their community. Nearly 8,000 people are homeless in the city. Some 4,400 homeless people occupy the sidewalks, use illegal drugs, and use the streets as a restroom. As the department store said in their letter, “Such abject disregard for civilized conduct makes San Francisco unlivable for its residents, unsafe for our employees, and unwelcoming to visitors from around the world.” If San Francisco  hopes to remain a world class city, it must embrace foundational expectations, like upholding public standards that our civilization relies upon.