Our ‘Free-And-All-You-Need Tour’ shares history as well as practical advice (including that on homelessness, as described on our website). San Francisco’s widespread homelessness is perhaps the most surprising discovery for many travelers, and it's our duty as concerned community members to address this unfortunate reality.
I’d like to clarify that we don’t present our own simplistic theories, but share well-documented history and statistics about homelessness, the housing crisis, and federal funding for social programs being cut significantly through the 1980’s (taking away resources for citizens, including those for mental health and addiction). You indicated you help with legal work for the homeless, and stated solving drug/alcohol addiction is paramount to solving homelessness--which we agree on. Considering your line of work and knowledge, I’m at a loss as to why you found this history to be “too political.”
During the tour, I welcomed your comments and additions, and even checked in and asked if you felt heard and respected after you gave your piece. I’m sorry you decided to then leave the tour without saying anything. And very sorry that you’ve left us a 1-star review, which severely impacts us as a small company.
In response to our tours having an agenda: indeed, that agenda is to advocate for human rights, treat all people with dignity, and educate on the victories of the historically oppressed. We warmly welcome a respectful discussion from all points of view on our tours, with no hard feelings.
By the way, you recommended Detour, an audio-tour whose themes include the Gay Rights Movement, the Black Panthers, and even a neighborhood tour completely dedicated to addressing homelessness. Watch out--I suspect those tours too have an “agenda.”
Thank you for taking my partner’s call earlier this week. Since you’ve discussed this incident with him in more depth and came to an understanding, I’m sorry you still feel the need to keep this 1-star review posted.
Wild Wes (co-founder)