USA Today Says San Francisco Is The Safest City In The USA?

Hey, have any of you USA Today newsies ever actually spent a day and/or night walking the streets there recently? The City by the Bay may not be quite as dangerous as Chicago, Oakland, Baltimore or New York.

However, with one of the nation’s highest homeless populations, it isn’t as safe for visitors as Lancaster PA, Bismarck ND nor Tucson AZ. Wandering these days along Lombard, Market, Castro and other iconic San Francisco streets is not only dangerous, but also very repulsive.

Many of the growing thousands of homeless live in makeshift tents, doorways, parks or out on the sidewalks. Some are mentally ill and/or drug addicts. Their ravings, trash, begging, unwashed bodies and human waste make walking in the areas extremely unpleasant.   

Recently, San Francisco police had eased the problems with the use of digital security efforts to get to crime scenes more quickly. However, it was stopped by city politicians as abuse of human rights. Of course, they didn’t consider the ever-increasing violence and abuse against tourists by growing thousands of homeless street people.

Tips for Making Holiday Air Travel a Bit Easier PDF Print E-mail
Despite all the economic problems, holiday travel this year is expected to be just about as crowded and confusing as ever. It’s sure to be a hassle for all of us, especially while flying, and maybe there are ways to make it a bit less tiresome. Here are some tips.
Travel Is the Best Way to Chase Away Those Economy Worries PDF Print E-mail
Is the bad economy scaring you into cutting back on your travel plans? Will you feel better about it by mumbling and grumbling around the house? It would make a lot more sense to forget your problems aboard a warm tropical cruise. Or a New York City theater tour. Or by enjoying the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas. Or by digging your toes into some sand and surf on Miami Beach.

Should There Be a Maximum Age Limit For U.S. Drivers? PDF Print E-mail
With nothing better to do, lawmakers in some states want to force people to give up their drivers’ licenses at age 80. They claim those seniors all have diminished eyesight and their slowed-down reactions make them dangers on the road.

If You Think Politicians Are Crooked, See San Francisco's Lombard Street PDF Print E-mail
The thought I always have when I see that crazy block of Lombard Street is: people who live in these houses must be really tired of seeing hordes of tourists and creeping cars jam their street every hour of every day, and late nights, too.
For Your Next Trip, Try Home-Swap Instead of Hotel-$$$$ PDF Print E-mail
Hotel rooms per night: Tokyo $400, Miami $375, Paris $350, London $300, Singapore $275, Rome $250, Los Angeles $240, Barcelona $225, Dublin $200. Add 15 to 20% tax, plus currency charge, plus, plus. We live in Arizona, surrounded by desert saguaro cacti, and in recent years when we’ve traveled to Europe, we’ve swapped houses with people from Ireland, Geneva and Bonn. No problems and we’ve gained some new foreign friends.

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