Thursday, August 7, 2008

Unhappy homeless news … and a debate in Philadelphia …

Homeless     Last week I wrote about good news in the effort to assist the chronically homeless in finding stable and fairly permanent housing.  This week comes less sanguine news  –- a controversy in Philadelphia over homeless people in downtown Rittenhouse Square.  Lawyer Christine Flowers wrote an opinion column in the Philadelphia Daily News criticizing city policy that allows people to “defile the public square” by urinating, defecating, and engaging in other antisocial behavior.  Her column led to a debate on NPR yesterday with Flowers and Laura Weinbaum, a homeless advocate.
   Surely we all should agree that a first duty of law should be take a variety of steps to avoid relief in public, shouldn’t it?

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