A San Francisco tech entrepreneur has shared startling scenes of the deserted downtown of her city, with the previously bustling streets void of people and eerily quiet.
Michelle Tandler, founder of professional development firm Growth Path, posted the images to her account, and says she now fears for the future of the City by the Bay.
‘This is downtown San Francisco, Monday morning at 9:20am,’ she captioned one at the beginning of this week.
Her photos showed the streets to be largely empty, with only a scattering of people, and very few cars.
On Friday, she posted a video of the quiet city center.
‘Historically these streets were bustling with office workers,’ she wrote.
‘Now, they are virtually empty.’
Recent data showed just 39 per cent of downtown San Francisco workers have returned to their offices, despite mask mandates ending seven months ago.
Tandler and others worry that many big firms won’t renew their office leases, killing small businesses which depend on trade from workers.
That would also lead to a collapse in local tax revenues, and further desolation of an area already infamous for homelessness, public drug-taking and serious crime.
Tech entrepreneur Michelle Tandler spent the week photographing desolate San Francisco during weekday mornings, in areas that would have been bustling with workers pre-COVID
Tandler noted that the normally bustling downtown was eerily quiet, with so many people working remotely, a full seven months after mask mandates ended
The native San Franciscan expressed concern at the lack of life on the streets, describing it as ominous
Tandler pointed out that the offices were expensive to rent, and many companies would not renew their leases – which would lead to a serious drop in the city’s tax revenues
Street after street photographed by Tandler was almost empty, with very few vehicles or people. Downtown San Francisco is notorious for crime and kralbet homelessness, with the desolation of its streets doing little to combat the problem
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