beneath the expressway at Canal and Claiborne

First off, I am not insensitive to the plight of the homeless. I can understand the myriad of reasons that one can wind up without a roof, be it medical bankruptcy, mental illness, addiction, or just plain hard luck. The total lack of mental health services post storm in a city that reeks of craziness is just appalling.

However at this very visible intersection has sprung a glorified tent city, sans the tents. I pass this corner every day, and it seems like there are at least 20 people sitting around here at any given time. Merchandise, cash and small hand hidden “things” are seen passing hands. Now what kind of message does this send to the public? What does a tourist think when they pass this corner and see this spectacle?

Another reflection on city hall? Hah, I’m sure the bureaucrats and hizzoner could care less about this…

just found this – more on the city’s homeless from the Boston Globe

~ by maringouin on Thursday, August 23, 2007.

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