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Old 11-20-2018, 10:48 AM
 
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Not to play up the blue vs. red states thing, but homelessness seems more visible in highly-blue areas, and less in red. I bet the actual homelessness numbers could be similar, but the visibility factor is different.
Probably because most Blue cities are much older with dense centralized cores where Red cities tend newer and less dense/more sprawled.
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Old 11-20-2018, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I would think those cities with longer, colder winters would be likely to have the smallest populations. If I was homeless, I'd head to someplace warm (if there was any way I could).



Ohhh, how I wish that was the case!
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Old 11-20-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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This is so true, and I have no idea why this is the case. I am thinking maybe it is because Austin is more touristy than DFW, where I am from, but the homeless, or visibly homeless at least, act as if they deserve money from strangers. Don't get me wrong, I often time do give money if I have extra change (I know all the arguments against doing so), but I can't afford to sometimes, or honestly don't want to-first world problems, but maybe I would rather have some extra pocket money to go out on a date that night.

I've heard that there is a stereotype in Austin that East Asians are wealthy tourists or wealthy college students, maybe that was part of the reason the homeless would be so aggressive and seemingly go after my group of friends and me, but I've never dealt with that sense of entitlement among the homeless in other cities.



I stopped feeling bad for begging bums. Last year in Minneapolis, on a cold rainy spring night, I had this old bum ask me for some money so he could stay at a motel for the night or whatever. Being that it was about 39 degrees and pouring rain, I felt genuinely bad for the guy, and gave him twenty bucks. The guy felt grateful, offered me a Bible, which I declined, said "God bless" and I continued on my merry way..... I noticed the guy kept following me. Whatever, its Hennepin Avenue, its a busy night, there's lots of people around... but he kept persisting and finally he got in front of me and had the nerve to ask me if I had any more money I could give him..... I was so annoyed I almost asked for my money back! -__-
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:38 PM
 
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Not to play up the blue vs. red states thing, but homelessness seems more visible in highly-blue areas, and less in red. I bet the actual homelessness numbers could be similar, but the visibility factor is different.
Could be because highly-blue areas tend to be the most urban, and homeless are more common in urban areas.
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:05 AM
 
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Could be because highly-blue areas tend to be the most urban, and homeless are more common in urban areas.
I know that the red areas surrounding St Louis drop their homeless off at blue area shelters. They have better services in the city so they say.
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Beautiful and sanitary DC
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Perhaps Salt Lake City, and due to expanded social service programs:

https://www.npr.org/2015/12/10/45910...cent-heres-how
https://www.motherjones.com/politics...lessness-utah/

Even more skeptical authors still see a policy success:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin...b_9380860.html
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I would think those cities with longer, colder winters would be likely to have the smallest populations. If I was homeless, I'd head to someplace warm (if there was any way I could).
You'd think, but New York City has thousands of homeless. I don't know if you ever read Jeannette Walls's book The Glass Castle, but in the book she quotes her mother as saying, "It's so easy to be homeless in New York City."

You're always going to have access to food, although maybe not shelter.
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