It’s confirmed: the Mission has a lot of trash and graffiti — at least, it has the most people complaining about it. In fact, in 2013 the Mission had more complaints about these issues, among others, than any other neighborhood in the city.
Using 311 call data provided by the city’s open data program, Mission Local tabulated that Missionites call the city about street trash more than any other non-emergency issue. In 2013, there were 12,611 calls related to street cleaning, a total of roughly 44% of the 28,674 complaints coming from the neighborhood, as the graph below displays.
311 Calls in the Mission by Category
The 311 records breaks up graffiti data into complaints about private property and complaints about public property, but combined they make up another hefty chunk of the Mission’s complaints: a total of 25.5%.
For a sense of the density of graffiti and trash complaints in the Mission, and how they compare to other issues in the top 10 most called-up issues, check out the interactive map below (blue dots are street cleaning calls, green dots represent graffiti).
But how does the Mission compare in relationship to the rest of the city? As the chart below reveals, the Mission has more 311 calls than any other neighborhood in San Francisco. It has over 9,000 more calls than the runner-up, Downtown/Civic Center, and made up 12% of the total 311 calls from last year.
In terms of how the Mission compares to the city in percentage of calls about street cleaning, the neighborhood is beating the city by about 10%. Same goes for graffiti — complaints in this category make up just 16% of the city’s complaints, compared to the more substantial number of 25% in the Mission.
311 Calls Citywide by Category
In various categories of complaints, the Mission also has other neighborhoods beat. It has the most calls about street cleaning, graffiti, and even more tree maintenance requests.
Why does the Mission have so many 311 calls in so many different categories? We can’t necessarily say that there’s more trash and graffiti, or even necessarily more people willing to make a call. The Mission is a geographically big, fairly populous area and making up 12% of the 311 calls to the city makes some sense.
However, it’s also an area known for its vocal citizens, it’s street artists (the illegal and legal kind), and historically isn’t the squeaky cleanest place in town. So, in many ways the numbers displayed above are what a casual observer of Mission streets might observe.
There’s a lot more we can do with this data. For example, we can track how the Mission’s complaints about graffiti and trash have changed over time to see if the city has improved at all in managing trash, graffiti and other concerns. Stay tuned.