This is a mural dedicated to John Ratliff, former TV news reporter....now homeless poet, pigeon caretaker and schizophrenic living on the streets of San Francisco. Many people living in the Mission District, near Clarion Alley where this mural is located, are familiar with the "Lone Star Swan" or "Birdman", as he's often called.. He's lived on the streets there for over a decade. See YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dav1dyk2mTI
There are from 7,000 to 15,000 homeless people living in San Francisco at any given time and 62% of them live on the streets during the night. San Francisco has the highest per capita rate of homelessness of any major American city.