One City, Under the Syringe
An in-depth special report for San Francisco, October 2017
“Nobody wants to be stuck in a park dropping their drawers and injecting in their groin. That’s not an ambition when people begin to use drugs,” says Paul Harkin, HIV services manager for Glide. But as condos encroach on SoMa alleys and SROs are cleared out in favor of hotels, shooting up in public has become a necessary evil for many people who inject drugs. That might soon change, as San Francisco is poised to become the first U.S. city to open supervised injection facilities.
The Burning Season
The Big Roundtable
A wildfire, like any fire, needs only three things to exist: fuel, heat and oxygen. Eliminate any one element and the fire dies, but provide them in ample supply and it can send 160-foot flames to the tops of trees. Wilderness is the best fuel, with no concrete or metal to get in the way, no sidewalks and pavement and bricks. Just dead grass, shrubs, sapling trees, moss like a candle’s wick, a tinderbox of withered foliage. With these raw materials, a fire can get creative.
Tax The Land, Save The People
San Francisco, November 2017
The year is 2037, and San Francisco is thriving. The housing crisis is a distant memory. Homelessness is at an all-time low. Companies are flocking to San Francisco, since it levies no business, sales, or income taxes. High-quality education is available to all who want it, and San Francisco teachers can afford to live well in the city. Any resident can get medical care without paying a dime. Muni is free—and so efficient that Chariot no longer exists. And all of that bounty is funded by the multibillion-dollar gold mine under our feet, beneath Mission taquerias, SoMa high-rises, Haight-Ashbury bong shops, Alamo Square Victorians, and Outer Sunset surf shacks. San Francisco, in this idyllic fantasy, hasn’t struck oil or started fracking. Instead, it has finally realized the wildest dreams of a man named David Giesen.
To Make This Land Home Again
Sue Hoberg could hear the wildfire’s roar grow louder as she moved frantically about her house, throwing armloads of clothing and keepsakes into a bag. Wind had carried burning debris from a nearby and swiftly growing wildfire to the forest behind their home; she could smell the smoke thickening inside, see spot fires flare up in the trees as she grabbed any last mementos.
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Everything Under the sun
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