I thought it might be interesting to open up a discussion about the homeless situation in the different cities and communities in which we live.
Does your city have a large homeless population? Is your city tolerant of it's homeless population? Have you heard, or are you involved in, any programs that deal with homelessness? Do planners and community development professionals have a responsibility to incorporate this population in their plans? Is that something we couldn't consider, even if we wanted to?
Please be as specific or general as you like -- those are just some sample questions i threw out there. Feel free to post whatever comes to mind.
I live in Portland, a city with a fairly sizeable homeless population -- specifically, there is a large number of homeless youth (>18 yrs old). There are lots of homeless people in my neighborhood (which borders an industrial district). This area is quite mixed, but tends to be a little more middle class, single family homes. It's also going through a change: old properties are being bought and renovated, certain streets are scheduled for investment (new retail centers, road repairs and upgrades, etc). I wonder what will happen to the homeless in my area, and if they'll be crowded out.
(take this all at face value -- just throwing some stuff out there.)