Monday, June 11, 2012

The Nightwatchman: "When you're living under a bridge, man, all roads lead to home."

Mayor Nutter of the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, wants to make life easier for homeless people by outlawing feeding them.

Yes, and "Ignorance is Knowledge."

Makes me feel wonderful my Orlando, the City Mean, led the way.

[A growing number of cities across the United States are making it harder for the homeless.

Philadelphia recently banned outdoor feeding of people in city parks. Denver has begun enforcing a ban on eating and sleeping on property without permission. And this month, lawmakers in Ashland, Ore., will consider strengthening the town's ban on camping and making noise in public.

And the list goes on: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami,Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Diego and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

The ordinances are pitting city officials against advocates for the homeless. City leaders such as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter say they want to improve the lives of homeless people and ensure public safety, while opponents of such laws argue that such regulations criminalize homelessness and make it harder to live on the streets.

"We're seeing these types of laws being proposed and passed all over the country," said Heather Johnson, an attorney at the homeless and poverty law center, which opposes many of the measures. "We think that criminalization measures such as these are counterproductive. Rather than address the root cause of homelessness, they perpetuate homelessness."]

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