ELECTION YEAR WORRIES? Some Liberal Cities Finally Start Cleaning Up Their Homeless Encampments

Some liberal cities have had a change of heart on homeless encampments and are finally starting to clean them up.

It is an election year after all and since these cities are almost exclusively run by Democrats, they know all this filth makes their party look bad.

Better late than never, right? At least they’re finally addressing the problem.

The Associated Press reports, via U.S. News and World Report:

Liberal US Cities Change Course, Now Clearing Homeless Camps

Makeshift shelters abut busy roadways, tent cities line sidewalks, tarps cover broken-down cars, and sleeping bags are tucked in storefront doorways. The reality of the homelessness crisis in Oregon’s largest city can’t be denied.

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“I would be an idiot to sit here and tell you that things are better today than they were five years ago with regard to homelessness,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said recently. “People in this city aren’t stupid. They can open their eyes.”

As COVID-19 took root in the U.S., people on the street were largely left on their own — with many cities halting sweeps of homeless camps following guidance from federal health officials. The lack of remediation led to a situation that has spiraled out of control in many places, with frustrated residents calling for action as extreme forms of poverty play out on city streets.

Wheeler has now used emergency powers to ban camping along certain roadways and says homelessness is the “most important issue facing our community, bar none.”

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Increasingly in liberal cities across the country — where people living in tents in public spaces have long been tolerated — leaders are removing encampments and pushing other strict measures to address homelessness that would have been unheard of a few years ago.

Some people on the left are not happy about this.

This problem should never have been allowed to get this bad in the first place.

 

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