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San Francisco mulls state of emergency over homelessness. But will it help?

San Francisco mulls state of emergency over homelessness. But will it help?

 
 

San Francisco mulls state of emergency over homelessness. But will it help?

By Julia Carrie Wong, 3/10/16

When Jacob Riis published his photographs of late 19th-century urban poverty, he invoked French author François Rabelais’s words: “One half the world does not know how the other half lives.” That ignorance may have been understandable in the age when the poor were sequestered in tenements and slums, but in today’s gentrified cities, the two halves share the frame.

viral photograph of a young woman in Los Angeles posing for a photograph while a homeless man sleeps on the street at her feet exemplifies the 21st-century urban reality. We see how the other half lives, but we don’t let it distract us from taking our selfies.

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