Thursday, May 24, 2007

The end of homelessness

Un artículo muy interesante en el sitio web Time.com con el nombre "Can Chicago End Homelessness?":
When Daley first announced the plan back in January of 2003, it seemed laudable enough, if unrealistic: to ensure that by 2012, not a single man, woman or child will be left abandoned on the city streets. No more nightly shelters that have been a staple across the country. Less transitional housing that merely puts a band-aid on addictions, psychological disorders or financial disarray. No more overcrowded shelters. No more inundated health clinics. ...

At almost the midway point of his timetable, however, many observers say Daley's plan is a pretty vision -- of a city dressed up with flowers and new parks and without a man or woman or kid in need -- but lacks a workable way to fulfill it.
Los autores de el artículo excelente son Eric Ferkenhoff, un profesor a Medill, y Matthew Bigelow, un compañero de clase de mí y mí amigo. ¡Muy bien historia, hombres!

P.S. ... How does Mayor Daley come off to you in this story? Readers of this blog will know that I do not care for hizzoner's style of governing, but I am of two minds on his "end homelessness in 10 years" initiative. It's a big goal, and there is something to be said for a strong position like that. Like most things in Daley-world, it has been implemented somewhat ham-handedly (see Matt's and Ferk's story), but it's not clear to me that it's being done cynically, and there is a difference.

Anyway, take a look at the story, then come back here and comment because I am interested to hear other people's reactions. Daley's end-homelessness initiative: well-intentioned good government or cynical political pageantry? Or something in between?

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