Who are the homeless of San Diego? Yearly reports from several agencies reveal tragic glimpses of the humans everyone labels home-less. Homelessness has existed since the beginning of History, so I used to be just as jaded and callous as other people who always assumed the lot would always consist of the stereotypes: criminal offenders, the mentally ill, the infirm, addicts and other varieties of outcasts. [Read more…] about Urban Street Symbols: Hidden Messages in the Metropolis
“Will Work For Food,” read the sign held by a disheveled man of about 50 years of age wearing a dirt stained pair of blue jeans and a frayed baseball cap standing at an intersection in Mission Valley. The four simple words written in black sharpie on a piece of cardboard tell a more complex story about a city’s failure. [Read more…] about Panhandlers Welcome – San Diego should try Albuquerque’s homeless jobs program
“Why does Chris Cate want the Chargers to leave San Diego? Please call and ask him.” That was the headline in an ad Dean Spanos, the Chargers owner, ran this past week targeting 2nd year City Council member Chris Cate, who is on the leadership committee of the No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets First! coalition. [Read more…] about Why does Dean Spanos hate the homeless?
As a homeless man in San Diego for the past two years, I’ve had time to research important bits of data scattered across the local news and public resources. What are the costs of paying for emergency room visits, for the crimes brought on by destitution and vagrancy versus this idea? Let’s begin. [Read more…] about A Heartfelt Emergency Housing Plan for the San Diego Housing Commission
Governor Jerry Brown’s “Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals” proposal will have far-reaching consequences on urban planning in cities and counties across California. However, there has been little discussion about the real-world consequences of this policy on the planning profession with regard to public participation. [Read more…] about Why Gov. Brown’s housing plan is bad for planning
I’m Orlando Barahona and this is the first account of my experiences as a homeless man in San Diego. One aim in writing this editorial is to raise a sharp awareness of a homelessness crisis I have experienced that cannot be ignored any longer: men, women and entire families are on the streets or in sub-par dwellings; the other is to dispel the myth that anyone who enters adverse situations cannot recover. [Read more…] about An Inside View of Homelessness in San Diego