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The New Favelas

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 3/27/2020 4:27:02 AM

Progressives routinely denounce economic inequality, yet the nation’s most liberal cities offer the most dramatic illustrations of it, with tech-driven wealth at the top and addiction-driven homelessness at the bottom. In the past five years, some streets in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle have started to resemble Latin American favelas, or shantytowns, with thousands sleeping in tents, shacks, and packing crates. One United Nations official recently compared West Coast encampments to the slums of New Delhi. California governor Gavin Newsom has declared homelessness a “state of emergency.” And yet, as the coronavirus pandemic persists, West Coast cities have legalized and provided services to these encampments,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: privateer 3/27/2020 6:50:58 AM (No. 359447)
In cities full of wealthy elite liberals, homeless people add needed 'diversity'. And the rich phonies can almost entirely shield themselves from the alarming consequences. Middle class taxpaying citizens---being in neither group---have no say in the matter.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: udanja99 3/27/2020 10:07:56 AM (No. 359629)
“ ....shutting down a 74-person camp in the parking lot of a Home Depot.” Why in the world would HD allow this in the first place? Would you shop at a store which had 74 homeless druggies and mental cases in its parking lot?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: mc squared 3/27/2020 11:13:19 AM (No. 359719)
#2: HD probably would face the city's wrath if it tried to evict the squatters.
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