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Los Angeles Homelessness

United Nations’ special rapporteur on housing, Leilani Farha, speaks to homeless man during visit to Los Angeles. (Photo: Charles Davis)

Each week, the editor’s of LA Progressive pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Joe Weinstein, who commented on Charles Davis's "UN Housing Official Shocked by L.A.’s Homelessness"

Build it in Southern California and they will come. You can solve the homelessness problem of a specific and obviously meritorious individual who is already here – and that will simply make way for someone else in this nation and world to come and be homeless in their place. Especially in Southern California – the place to come to from almost anywhere else in the USA if during the freezing winter you find yourself homeless (whether by necessity or choice) and have to camp out.

There is no sustainable solution for homelessness until the city (and state and nation and globe) insist on – and start taking specific steps toward – a sustainable population policy. Yes, developers want to make quick bucks by building more and more towers – to become in future ever-more squalid tenements. But cramming more people into Southern California cities without establishing limits, and without discouraging population growth, is simply a recipe for degrading local life quality without sustainably solving the underlying problem.

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