12 January 2006

Homeless Advocates Name America's 'Meanest City'

I read a funny article, well, I thought it funny. Does that make me mean spirited? It's about what cities are the meanest toward the homeless. The people that published the report said it was put out so it could help out the homeless in the communities.

The rankings of the top 20 meanest cities in 2005 are based on the following criteria: the number of anti-homeless laws in the city, the enforcement of those laws and severities of penalties, the general political climate toward homeless people in the city, local advocate support for the meanest designation, the city’s history of criminalization measures, and the existence of pending or recently enacted criminalization legislation in the city.

Now if your beloved city is on this list, shame shame on you!

Top 20 Meanest

1. Sarasota, Fla.
2. Lawrence, Kan.
3. Little Rock, Ark.
4. Atlanta
5. Las Vegas
6. Dallas
7. Houston
8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
9. Santa Monica, Calif.
10. Flagstaff, Ariz.
11. San Francisco, Calif.
12. Chicago, Ill.
13. San Antonio, Texas
14. New York City
15. Austin, Texas
16. Anchorage, Alaska
17. Phoenix, Ariz.
18. Los Angeles, Calif.
19. St. Louis, Mo.
20. Pittsburgh, Pa.


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