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Watch out, SF Walls have more than Ears!

27 Jul Watch out, SF Walls have more than Ears!

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by Melissa Wilson  •  0 Comments

Keeping Your Balance's Monday news spot.  SF's latest city improvement tactic might have you saying, "what?". We've all heard the saying "walls have ears" but now a select few of San Francisco's walls also have "pee retaliation". 

News broke last week that San Francisco has adopted a different kid of stance on the no peeing on our walls policy. 

All around Frisco, especially near Bart stations, the aromatic intoxication of urine floats up thorough the brisk SF morning air.  The city has tired to tackle this issue before, to little avail, by banning public urination back in 2002.  

Well now SF takes a new stance, it's pee back time!  According to SF Gate's Friday post, the city has painted nine city walls with pee-repellent paint.  

We are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing at many of our hot spots, Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said. Nobody wants to smell urine. We are trying different things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.

How does this work?  Apparently, any liquid splashed at the wall will bounce back. This tactic has been used in Europe for a while and has proven effective.  Hopefully this will curb the estimated 650 yearly (375 since January of 2015)  Public works requests to steam clean urine around the city. 

If you want to see this in action you can watch Hamburg's Youtube video  on how this has helped their city streets. 

Let us know what you think of this new urine proof paint?  

Will this help or hinder the city's reputation? 

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