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Old 05-13-2013, 09:05 AM
Location: Southeast, where else?
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Originally Posted by PedestriAnne View Post
It's not.

People got that idea from reading headlines like "NYC Giving Homeless One-Way Tickets to Atlanta (http://www.11alive.com/rss/rss_story...storyid=133182 - broken link)" a couple of summers ago. Writing headlines like that is just a cheap, lazy trick to get people to click on a link. They were buying people tickets to go to lots of places, not just Atlanta, but more importantly:

"The catch is this -- the only way the homeless can get a ticket is to prove they have family or friends in the destination cities who are able and willing to take them in, so they won't be homeless in their new hometowns. "

The problem is that a lot of people won't read past the first couple of sentences in the story, then they go telling everyone they know about how New York's city government is rounding up homeless people, stuffing them into buses and just dropping them off at Five Points. And they just know it's true because they "saw it on the news."

I dunno, have you seen five points when Greyhound arrives? Sure does have that "Ellis Island" kind of feel, steeped in urine and other fecal matter.....mmmmmmm....toasty....

Old 05-16-2013, 01:34 AM
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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Common misconception.. All panhandlers are homeless.. Some are, some aren't. Some make a decent living out of it.

Unemployed and homeless people: The ones that are disabled or mentally ill need housing provided to them. The rest need to be booted out of the city after a grace period. They can hang around farms looking for farm labor.

Anyway, we can get Cartman from South Park to go around on a bus singing into a megaphone, "California... Is good to the homeless."
Old 05-17-2013, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by plessthanpointohfive View Post
I've traveled the world and Atlanta has a LOT less homeless, or bums, than places like Bangkok, Guatemala City, or Ha Noi, or Johannesburg.

As a resident of an intown neighborhood I can say for sure that we have a couple of neighborhood bum. There's the guy selling roses at Little 5 Package. I usually just buy him a fifth of whiskey. There's the guy that likes to walk backwards up and down McLendon Ave...but he never talks to anyone. There's the woman who when she sees you will immediately start in on how she just lost her job and she's pregnant, etc, but considering how she's 60 and everyone knows her we all just give her a burrito and a coupla a bucks and send her on her way.

But I can't see how this is a PROBLEM.
Some homeless people are mentally ill. Unfortunately, Georgia shut down state mental hospitals some years ago and this is the result.
Old 01-02-2018, 01:21 PM
Location: Kirkwood
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From a study on NYC's Homelessness Relocation Program, Atlanta is the #1 mainland destination for NYC's homeless.
New York appears to have been the first major city to begin a relocation program for homeless people, back in 1987. After the current iteration of the program was relaunched during the tenure of mayor Michael Bloomberg, it ballooned, and its relocation scheme is now far larger than any other in the nation. The city homelessness department budgets $500,000 for it annually.

Almost half the approximately 34,000 journeys analyzed by the Guardian originate from New York. In contrast with other relocation initiatives, New York is notable for moving large numbers of families, like the Ortizes.

New York does not only move homeless people on buses. About 20% of travelers were given sometimes-costly airline tickets.
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