What makes no sense to me is that 23rd and Potrero is right around the corner from the emergency room for the main hospital in San Francisco. When someone has something go wrong with their health, they usually wind up there . So why is it that I’m terrified to be there after dark?
These days, I end up spending more time outside when it is dark than I want to. Daylight Savings Time is not doing me any favors at the moment. Sure enough, I made a mistake and wound up at 23rd and Potrero at 7 PM. I literally walked 50ft. down the street on 23rd and it was pitch black. I couldn’t believe that there were no street lights as I continued to walk.
Less than two blocks away there were people walking out into the night that are sick and possibly (authorized medical) drugged up. That’s why they’re in the emergency room in the first place. What if they get confused and wander away from where the bus stop is? I really didn’t understand the logic of the city planning in the area considering the aspects of public safety.
As a disabled person, I thought it was awful how dark it was. I went for a few more blocks and wound up going to one of the stores on 23rd. That’s when the shopkeeper told me that there had been a shooting in the area just two days before. Honestly, I was not surprised in the least.
I certainly will not be exploring this corner after dark any time soon. On a positive note, the Walgreens that is also on that corner is everything that I can hope the rest of the neighborhood would be. I don’t feel unsafe getting off the bus there, going shopping and getting what I need. It’s amazing what a small amount of effort can do for feeling safe after dark in public.