Of course, when you look through resident comments online about the homeless situation in San Francisco, you rarely see positive solutions provided by those who oppose the current homeless population. I find this a little bit surprising considering that every other country in the world that has rich metropolitan neighborhoods has come up with something better than was San Francisco has done so far.
In France, the story about how the rich deal with the homeless is completely shocking in comparison to stories in San Francisco. In late December, the organization Children of Don Quixohtte set up red tents for homeless people along the Canal St. Martin in Paris. They encouraged residents to spend the night, in solidarity.
In Japan, elderly homeless people sleep on benches next to guarded parking lots of supermarkets. They sleep soundly because they have a great relationship with the guards. Locally, they have the sympathy of their fellow citizens.
In general, there are few creative solutions that positively affect homeless people voiced by those who vote Yes on Prop L. Perhaps what is missing is the attitude that anyone can become homeless overnight. Anyone of us can experience and injury that leaves us mentally different.
Of course, other countries are quick to accuse the downturned economy for increased homelessness worldwide. Instead of pointing fingers at each other, we could instead embrace the idea that we’re all in this together. It would certainly create a better international public relations image of the Cole Valley neighborhood in San Francisco.