Live in San Fran? You Can Now Report Poop in Public Areas Through Snapcrap App

A San Francisco transplant who got tired of seeing crap, trash, and needles everywhere developed this app. Nice.

 

This poop problem isn’t exaggerated or some “vast right-wing conspiracy.” A San Francisco resident has designed a new app called Snapcrap to help clean up and restore the once reputed metropolis to its glory.

See something gross? Snap a photo and share it with us.

 

Engineer Sean Miller launched the app yesterday. He relocated to San Francisco from Vermont last year and grew frustrated with the state of his new home. Miller put his idea on the back burner for a year, but couldn’t delay its release. After relocating to the communal living space, The Negev, on 6th Street in the SoMa neighborhood, the idea for Snapcrap was born.

 

“A lot of people at the house would joke about the situation because it’s obviously a bit comical, but we also realized it’s a really serious problem and frankly it’s a health hazard,” Miller told NBC Bay Area.

 

The app hopes to address the shortcomings of the city’s 311 hotline, which failed to account for the surge in feces, needles, and trash.

 

Snapcrap allows users to takes photos of San Francisco spots that are in need of some TLC. After entries are submitted, a report is sent to the city’s 311 hotline. Miller, however, notes there are great shortcomings in the SF311 app— especially when it comes to overall user experience.

 

“It takes so many clicks to actually submit a ticket. We wanted to build a simple mobile app that would simplify the process and remove as much friction as possible,” Miller said.

 

Here’s the gist:


The fastest way to request street cleaning in SF.

 

I don’t think city bureaucrats will like this efficient alternative disrupting the status quo, but one official who works for the city’s Public Works Department says “the city has taken a look at the Snapcrap app.”

 

Here’s a snap shot into the app’s observations of the city. Perhaps the creator isn’t a leftist? See for yourself:

https://twitter.com/snapcrapsf/status/1054310652469116928

It’s available on iTunes and Android. You can follow them on Twitter.

One former San Francisco resident, Erielle Davidson, wrote about her former home’s woes in this excellent piece up at The Federalist titled San Francisco Is Suffering From The Excesses Of Its Own Liberalism.

 

Here’s an excerpt:

 

In November of 2017 alone, 6,211 needles were collected while via the 311 App (the “concerned citizen” reporting app set up by recently deceased San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee), 1,498 requests were made to clean up human feces. The public defecation problem has become so intolerable in San Francisco that private citizens have built an online map to track the concentrations of poop in the city, so that pedestrians may know to avoid certain areas.

 

And it’s not just poop. The overwhelming smell of urine on parts of Mission Street and Market Street would make your nose bleed. I recall the first time I rode BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, San Francisco’s subway system) and was nearly knocked over by the sheer stench of the station. I was surprised to learn that exiting the station supplied little to no relief — the urine smell hangs heavy in the more populated areas of the city and is nearly inescapable. In a dark twist of humor, the city has had to replace numerous different street poles due to urine eroding the foundation.

 

What drives a large part of the human waste issue is San Francisco’s homeless population. The homeless epidemic in San Francisco is tragic and frightening — in a 47-square mile city, we have around 7,500 homeless people, meaning there are approximately 160 homeless people per square mile. Unsurprisingly, it’s not uncommon to see frequented streets downtown blocked by what people dismally have coined “tent cities,” large enclaves of tents that homeless people have set up with little to no pushback from local authorities. What makes the homeless problem particularly alarming is that avariety of tents are often juxtaposed next to $4,000-per-month apartments. In a region where the median income is just under $100,000 and where the economic growth — fueled by brilliantly innovative minds — has been nothing short of astounding, there is some of the country’s most abject and abysmal poverty.

 

As any native Californian can tell you, we don’t recognize our home state and the petri dish for experimental progressivism it’s morphed into. However, I’m encouraged to see an app developed by a frustrated citizen to help fill the void created by San Fran’s bureaucrats. It’ll be curious to see how residents respond to it and utilize it.

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Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman is a young conservative blogger and columnist based in Northern Virginia.

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