It sucks to be a small business in a progressive city. Decades of progressive voters electing progressive politicians to install progressive policies have turned the cities into stink holes. And the
anti-law-abiding citizen agenda
has turned them into crime havens. San Francisco is one of the worst, and the businesses in the Castro area claim they are going to do something about it.
Castro Merchants Association president Terrance Alan says
of the struggle these small business owners need to go through, “Every day we wake up and have to help people on the street. We have to clean up feces on the street. We have to clear our people from doorways, so we can open our businesses. It’s not fair."
I'll give San Francisco 27% credit. The city has gotten too progressive for even San Fran voters, and they're starting to fight back, recalling their
. Unclear is if they're going to replace recalled officials with more of the same and expect different results. But hey! You're trying... Kinda.
What I'm wondering is how far the merchants plan on taking this. The city has done nothing to save or protect the city. The merchants claim they won't pay taxes. The city is going to respond by saying, "Oh, yes you are!"
What's the association going to do then? Look down at their feet and mumble, "...oh, okay?"
It's a bold move that other business owners in other progressive cities should do. They're running out of options other than close shop and move to the suburbs. But the association needs to have the balls to stick with it.