True. I wonder if you've ever asked them if it works both ways, in that sometimes they get frustrated with some, perhaps only a few "marginalized or emotionally troubled people" and just want to shout at them to get a job or get your sh#t together. I imagine once you've seen as much as your friends, they must have a pretty good eye for differentiating between those in real need and the poseurs.I have friends in nursing and social work. Once you're in their empathetic shoes, it's pretty easy to see drunks and crazies as "marginalized or emotionally troubled people", instead.
Lovely pictures but any word on timelines, costs, funding?? (I agree with US that a gay cruising heritage feature appears to be missing!)Finally - a presentation of the plan:
Let someone sit quietly and stare off into space or wander around aimlessly but if they're visibly intoxicated or overly "troubled" they should be given the bum's rush (pardon the pun) frankly.Last year, on the coldest day of winter, a few of us went out on a tour of homelessness in Toronto - organized by the Shout! Clinic over on Jarvis and Carlton. The greenhouse at Allan Gardens is, apparently, one of the very few places in Toronto that the homeless are allowed to "loiter" in during the day -