The situation is dire enough that people are creating interactive poop maps, like Jenn Wong's Human Wasteland, which lists all public feces reported to the city's 311 hotline. There's also Haochi Chen's less elegantly named San Franshitsco, a map that pulls from 311 reports and official city data.
Haochi Chen/Google MapsIf you plan on visiting downtown, you’ll want to pack galoshes.
San Francisco only has 126 bathroom facilities that are accessible to the homeless (for comparison, New York City has 2,713), to say nothing of any broke tourists with a sudden urge to take a load off. And the majority of those public bathrooms close at night, leaving only 28 toilets in the entire city that are available 24/7. It's estimated that the city needs at least 500. That is a crippling crapper deficit.
John Blanchard/San Francisco ChronicleIn other words, San Francisco is somehow worse than Rome from a few entries back.
Malmo Needs Help With Grenade Control
Sweden leads the world in recycling, as well as another, less desirable statistic: grenade attacks. They were a rarity prior to 2014, but since then rates have, ahem, exploded. Grenades go for about $12.50 on the street, or come for free with the purchase of a black market gun. With a deal like that, you can't afford not to get one.
Aamna Mohdin/Theatlas.comThis also serves as a pretty good graph for how likely you are to be tackled for throwing a ball in public.
In 2017, there were 20 explosions, with another 39 undetonated grenades seized. The overall list of recent incidents is something you'd expect from a country on the brink of civil war, not one of the planet's most prosperous nations. It's worse in Malmo, where 30 explosions occurred in 2015 alone. Police have advised residents to be on the lookout for the many unexploded grenades they believe still litter the streets, which really puts San Francisco's problem in a new light.
Not even the cops are safe. Explosions have been reported at police stations in Helsingborg, Uppsala, Katrineholm, and of course, Malmo. And considering the attacks that have already occurred in 2018, the trend doesn't look like it's slowing down.
It's mostly thanks to Sweden's open border with Denmark. The two countries are connected by the Oresund Bridge, a popular route for trafficking unused weapons left over from the Balkan conflicts of the '90s. Sellers are eager to unload excess grenades while they're still functional, and the buyers, mostly Swedish gangs, are eager to get a leg up on their competition. It would be an inspiring story about the adaptability of capitalism if it weren't about people exploding.
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