The Register-Guard: Apathy toward homelessness baffling

By Sriram Khe

I picked up plenty of new ideas at the recently concluded annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in San Francisco.

In addition to the scholarly sessions that served abundant intellectual fodder, the city streets also made me think, yet again, about one particular issue — the homeless.

The Hilton at Union Square was the geographers’ main venue. Every time I walked just a block from the hotel, away from the touristy trolley car station, it was depressing to see homeless men and women of all ages. It was a bizarre juxtaposition of affluence and privation.

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