Writer Hoped To Debunk San Francisco Narrative; Realizes It Actually Is A Hellhole

SAUSALITO, CA - JUNE 20: The Transamerica Pyramid building is seen through the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge June 20, 2007 as seen from Sausalito, California. Pacific Gas and Electric has launched an estimated $1.5 million research program to study the possibility of submerging turbines under the water to gather energy from tidal flows. A previous study conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute in 2006 came to conclude that the tides that pass under the iconic Golden Gate bridge are the best on the West Coast of the U.S. to generate power. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • Journalist Elizabeth Weil had hoped to write a story for New York Magazine stating that all of the stories about dystopian San Francisco had been blown out of proportion.
  • Instead, Weil had to admit that all of the doom-and-gloom stories about San Francisco were accurate, perhaps even understated.
  • Tech companies and workers have fled downtown San Francisco as crime and homelessness grow exponentially, with no plans to address those issues.