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Why Are Politicians Pretending to Be Homeless?

January 15, 2015
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In the mythology of ancient Greece, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, disguises himself as a beggar to gain an advantage over his enemies. In Shakespeare’s King Lear, a nobleman masquerading as a vagabond helps shift the monarch’s sympathies. The past year marked a new trend in the electoral cycle: politicians “going...

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DTLA Could Get Homeless Meters: A month ago we noted an…

December 4, 2012
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A month ago we noted an interesting post from blogger Brigham Yen, asking why cities like DC and Philly have donation meters that benefit homeless services, while the homeless capital of the nation--Downtown LA--does not. Well, ask and you (may) receive. Councilmember Jose Huizar notes in his newsletter that he...

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Could Donation Meters Curb Panhandling?: On a trip to the…

October 31, 2012
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On a trip to the East Coast, blogger Brigham Yen discovered red donation meters that ask pedestrians for their spare change, which is then funneled to homeless services. Such meters are already in cities like DC, Philly, San Francisco, Orlando, and Miami--Denver raises $100,000 a year from such contraptions. "If...

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