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    “The decision is extraordinary because such events take years to plan. It’s the first time the city has lost a major convention due to visitor discomfort and concerns about safety, according to Joe D’Alessandro, president and chief executive of the San Francisco Travel Association, speaking to the Chronicle. He added that the five-day trade show helps the city generate $40 million from its 15,000 attendees.”

    http://fortune.com/2018/07/02/san-francisco-streets-streets-medical-convention/

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    CordMcNally CordMcNally 
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    Just my personal anecdote when I was there recently, we stayed in a nice hotel in Union Square and when we’d walk around, it always smelled like piss and weed. I wasn’t too impressed. I could pick up an extra shift if those are the smells I’m after.

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    I’ve signed up for an educational course on Head and Neck pathology that’s taking place in San Francisco this October, and I’m planning on just hanging around the hotel.  I visited SF about 8 years ago on a vacation and thought the city was pretty sketchy even then (especially after dark).  I can’t imagine it’s improved over the intervening years.

    Suffice it to say I’m going to the course despite where it’s being held, not because of where it’s being held.

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    Avatar Kamban 
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    I feel sad for SF. I have been there a few times in the 90’s and loved it. Drove all over the area and even found parking near the Golden Gate area. Times have certainly changed.

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    Avatar justlearning 
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    San Francisco still is a nice city. It just depends on what part you are in very much like any other cities.

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    Very little actually going on here. “Unnamed conference?” That could be some fly-by-night CME operation, I doubt it’s ACS, ACP, ACOG, AOA etc.

    If hotel room rates start dropping in SF or the tourism industry really takes a hit we’ll have something to talk about.

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    Lithium Lithium 
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    Loved visiting SF, but I’ve only stayed in hostels, and I may be over that phase.  The last one was in the Tenderloin, in the heart of Skid Row.  These days when I stay in big cities I try to get an AirBnB 10-15 miles out of the middle of town and bike in for exercise.

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    CM CM 
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    Very little actually going on here. “Unnamed conference?” That could be some fly-by-night CME operation, I doubt it’s ACS, ACP, ACOG, AOA etc.

    If hotel room rates start dropping in SF or the tourism industry really takes a hit we’ll have something to talk about.

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    Apparently a large fly-by-night organization:

    “He added that the five-day trade show helps the city generate $40 million from its 15,000 attendees.”

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    MPMD MPMD 
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    Very little actually going on here. “Unnamed conference?” That could be some fly-by-night CME operation, I doubt it’s ACS, ACP, ACOG, AOA etc.

    If hotel room rates start dropping in SF or the tourism industry really takes a hit we’ll have something to talk about.

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    Apparently a large fly-by-night organization:

    “He added that the five-day trade show helps the city generate $40 million from its 15,000 attendees.”

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    Didn’t see that. So do you think it was one of the big ones?

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    CM CM 
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    Very little actually going on here. “Unnamed conference?” That could be some fly-by-night CME operation, I doubt it’s ACS, ACP, ACOG, AOA etc.

    If hotel room rates start dropping in SF or the tourism industry really takes a hit we’ll have something to talk about.

    Click to expand…

    Apparently a large fly-by-night organization:

    “He added that the five-day trade show helps the city generate $40 million from its 15,000 attendees.”

    Click to expand…

    Didn’t see that. So do you think it was one of the big ones?

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    Vagabond MD Vagabond MD 
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    My first visit to SF was for a national scientific conference in the late 80’s. I have been back a handful of times for meetings and vacations. Then and now, I was never impressed. I have been physically accosted by the aggressive homeless, I have not found the city social or restaurant scene to be all that special, the cultural and sports offerings are not unlike other major cities, and the weather sucks. I have visited the historical and cultural highlights that interest me in the past, and I have no desire to ever return. The medical societies that I belong long ago dropped SF from their rotations.

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    wonka31 wonka31 
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    It’s not my favorite city, but was out there each of the past two years and it was fine. I didn’t feel unsafe where I was, but like any city, I think there are pockets of badness. I think the rising costs, particularly housing, coupled with taxes and some of the issues noted in this post/article are reasons why other cities in the west (Vegas, SLS, Portland, Denver) are seeing an influx of people from CA.

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    I love San Francisco. One of my favorite big cities. That said, I kind of hate big cities. For 2 or 3 days though? Sure, lots of fun.

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    ENT Doc ENT Doc 
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    Very little actually going on here. “Unnamed conference?” That could be some fly-by-night CME operation, I doubt it’s ACS, ACP, ACOG, AOA etc.

    If hotel room rates start dropping in SF or the tourism industry really takes a hit we’ll have something to talk about.

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    Apparently a large fly-by-night organization:

    “He added that the five-day trade show helps the city generate $40 million from its 15,000 attendees.”

    Click to expand…

    Didn’t see that. So do you think it was one of the big ones?

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    Another article I read said it was a Chicago-based organization.

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