Opinions may differ but I don't think BA looks as good as a US city in terms of cleanliness and how well kept buildings and streets etc are. But there is a massive homeless problem. If you go to most parks in Los Angeles you will find dozens of homeless people camped out. It is really damn embarrassing for a city with such enormous wealth.Someone here posted that BA looks very good compared to US cities. If tens of millions are being spent on homeless in the US, what makes the problem more serious in the US?
I disagree. It is not just mentally ill and drug addicts in the States. It is the working poor who hold down more than one minimum wage job. They are a paycheck away from being homeless. There are many homeless families, many battered and abused women with no resources. It is the veterans who volunteered to be in the armed services who get nothing from the government. It is too pat to say it is drugs and mental illness. The cost of housing in the States is astronomical. Healthcare is expensive. Social services are being cut every day by the current administration.Tens of millions are spent on homeless. The issue is mentally-ill and drug addicts. There is no easy solution even with all the money in the world.
Embarrassing is not a word I would choose, how about heartbreaking, sad, disgusting, wrong...........Opinions may differ but I don't think BA looks as good as a US city in terms of cleanliness and how well kept buildings and streets etc are. But there is a massive homeless problem. If you go to most parks in Los Angeles you will find dozens of homeless people camped out. It is really damn embarrassing for a city with such enormous wealth.
In addition to liking your comment, I want to quote it and thank you for posting it. In all the talk about the causes of homelessness, whether economic, drug addiction, abuse, mental illness (or a combination of factors), we often fail to mention the children who are often the harshest victims, and how hard it is to break out of that cycle.There are currently over 1.2 MILLION homeless children in US schools. Please dont try to tell me its because they are drug addicts or mentally ill, or "lazy". And that number, the latest one, is at least 3 years old. There are more now. https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d16/tables/dt16_204.75d.asp