We haven’t seen Downtown San Francisco since the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown in March 2020. So it was a shocker to see it as it is now.
On a normally busy Saturday, it looks almost like a ghost town.
The city is a reflection of how far America has fallen because of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Many stores and restaurants are still closed. Some of which have packed up business for good. Empty store spaces including iconic landmark GAP is an emergent sign of an economy going from bad to worse.
The city streets is home to an increasing homeless Americans due unemployment and unaffordable housing.
The Mall is no longer a fun place for people to shop or hang out. Business looks dead except for a few people lining up at Starbucks.
A big mouse was trying to enter Westin Hotel. The Hotel looks closed and deserted. Trash loitered the streets. Some streets smells of human urine. Wife screamed startling the hell out of me, “Did you guys stepped on that poop?”
It was not the San Francisco me and my family remembered. My wife kept saying how sad she felt. We love this city and to see it hurting and suffering is unbearable.
Is it still Americas’s Greatest City by the Bay? Close to the Golden Gate Bridge or watching the Sunset by Ocean Beach, it still is but when the moment is over, what’s left is a city direly needing to heal and get back on its feet.
A city devoid of tourist and dreamers is a city that lost an important piece of its soul. 200,000 COVID-19 deaths and 6.7 Million infected in this country may no longer scare or bother us, but the world sees us differently.
What’s happening in every city in America can no longer be hidden nor downplayed. This is not a made up scene. This is a real city with real people that lives in it.
Is truth enough to change people’s perception, behavior and attitude towards a seemingly unstoppable virus? I don’t know but so far, we all failed.