With the exception of the severly mentally ill that were left to fend for themselves, I have very little simpathy for the homeless. Drug addicts and alcholocis get no simpathy, its all self inflicted. Most homeless had to make a lot of mistakes to get there and then just gave up. There are saftey nets like shelters, housing projects, food stamps, and job centers out there to get you back on your feet. If I were homelss I'd go to a shelter and apply to a lot of jobs that don't require you to be very presentable (laborer, garbage man, etc) . It's a simple fact that with 6.5 billion people, some are just total fuck ups. Thats life.
Freud says we're pretty much who we are by age three, and he's right.
Whoa. I came here to find out about Central Square.
I dunno if I want to get into all this other stuff. (Yes, I do.)
Homelessness can happen to ANYBODY! And not only for the reasons quoted above. This economy will certainly drive that home for a few who won't see it coming. Risk takers and those who don't subscribe to the conventions of capitalism's norm will always be the most vulnerable, along with 'plain, simple, poor folk' who are often the least visible, as demonstrated by the above-quoted post.
And do you really think humans are imprinted by age three?! Behavior patterns to be addicted, lazy, obese, ignorant, et al? (Maybe I'm misunderstanding the context.)
Regardless: okay, you alkies, who among you recalls if you were wired for addiction at age three? Anybody in your family sense that in you or tell you they saw it coming based on your behavior at three years old?
Stick to urban aesthetics and, maybe, politics.
Keep the sociology to the ...ummmm... socialists.
(Yeah yeah. The implications on the psyche of urbanism. Whatever.)
So... vistas of ... something or other... where were we...? Oh, right! Central Square
Niiiiiice urban view.
Up close, though, missing some of the venues that I admired. Record stores, for instance.
Is that record store 2-3 buildings down from there still open?
Do 'record' stores still exist? None in Oakland anymore. Few in Berkeley. Two in SF that I know about. Cambridge and Boston, given its student population, may have retained one or two. Looney Tunes? Underground Records? Skippy Whites? Nuggets? In Your Ear? That one (two?) in the basement near the Lampoon? Bookstores AND record stores. Bookstores got the press (no pun), but disc shops were just as much a feature on the landscape and went unheralded.