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Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

This must stop.
Immediately.

Heather
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Heather
Sadly this is not likely. There are a good number of homeless men in D4 that are homeless by choice- they actually have debit cards that their families refill every month. A lot of people here know some of them by name and they even startle women in their garages and carports under the premise of “looking for work” (a lot of people think they’re stealing- but don’t suggest that or you’ll be accused of being a horrible, unempathetic Republican person that hates the homeless). While it’s already concerning that women can be shamed for being freaked about these dudes… Read more »
Eric Robert
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Eric Robert
Well I agree one can’t say all homeless people are harmless. Then again not all people who own homes are harmless. As to the greenway, there are homeless people on the street and we still have sidewalks. Being homeless shouldn’t be illegal. If someone commits a crime then certainly the criminal justice system should deal with them. Do we want the police to patrol under the bridges nightly? I don’t think so. Should we discourage camping under the bridges? Sure. Would i go hang out under a bridge late at night? No. Keep in mind the 85 collapse was caused… Read more »
Heather
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I don’t think you fully understand this situation. No one is saying neighborhood women are going out and hanging out under bridges in the middle of the night- the concern is about what some of these guys are doing when they’re NOT sleeping- which is often acting creepy- nowhere near bridges- in the middle of the day. I do have to give BPD credit (as I’m presuming it was them) for stopping some of the begging in the street around NDH road that was going on a while back pretty regularly I’m one of the bigger bleeding hearts you’ll ever… Read more »
Eric Robert
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Eric Robert

“No one is saying neighborhood women are going out and hanging out under bridges in the middle of the night” the thought of this made me laugh. Anyway I agree handing someone a dollar or two doesn’t may do more harm than good.

Heather
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Heather

As for the class issue behind all this- I’ll say what I said last year when women were being shamed for being startled and scared from some of these guys lurking in yards and garages:

I don’t care if you’re wearing Armani or Hermes- if you pop up at me in the back of my carport you’ll be lucky if I don’t clobber you with a shovel.

Tomato-Eating Chipmunk
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Tomato-Eating Chipmunk

It’s a lot cheaper in the long run to just provide safe housing for homeless people instead of throwing them under bridges, which is what we’re doing now.

Heather
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Heather

Except if you say that to some of the “progressives” around here they’ll liken you to Nazis forcing people into concentration camps.

I swear, it’s clear basic psychology/psychiatry/human health should be a mandatory part of high school curriculums around here as many are nightmarishly ill-informed about what they’re preaching.

Susan
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Susan

Heather that fire under the bridge was probably due to smoking in bed.

Heather
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Heather
I can’t stress enough that I don’t think most homeless are intentionally harmful people. Historically a huge percentage of homeless have been war veterans with PTSD and depression or individuals struggling with schizophrenia or other personality disorders/mental illness. I am by NO MEANS suggesting that they be rounded up in some horrific fashion- I’m just saying using the current laissez-faire attitude and allowing them to camp out at the upcoming Peachtree Greenway (as some have suggested)- is not going to work. People say being homeless shouldn’t be illegal- and they should be allowed to live on the greenway because they… Read more »
Dean
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Dean

Heather, I think it’s the homeless crack heads you have to watch out for.

Heather
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Heather

While it depends on the area- the people *dealing* the drugs to some of the homeless are probably the most concerning. . . but I don’t have a business degree so what do I know. 🙄

Heather
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Heather

I haven’t worked with the homeless in quite some time, so I can’t immediately give stats off of the top of my head– this is from a quick google search though— there’s plenty more available online if anyone would like to read up on homelessness and mental health issues.

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/Mental_Illness.pdf

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