Being around homeless people makes you sad and you propose to live in a major urban area? I guess if you really tinted the windows in your SUV and never left your gated enclave this would be a viable lifestyle, but otherwise you should either A) inure yourself to human suffering or B) donate to a homeless shelter to assuage your guilt.
Nice assumption, asshat. Try again, though.How does the Tenderloin compare with parts of Hollywood? Being around despondent people really depresses me, and the time I've spent in the immediate Hollywood area really depressed me.
I apologize. By despondent, you could just mean poor people, sad people in general, or only depressed destitute people, though I can't admit I've met many cheerful, non-schizophrenic homeless on the streets of san francisco.
No, I meant something a little more specific. I don't mind homeless people at all (Boise is surprisingly full of them - the rumor is that SLC and Portland are paying to have them bussed here - the weather is nice, and the authorities haven't started harassing them yet), and I certainly don't mind poor or destitute people.
Whenever I'm in Hollywood and walk around the area I see some of the saddest things: people with no legs crawling about, people sleeping in their own piss and vomit, people crawling on their hands and knees scrubbing the Walk of Stars with a toothbrush for no reason, strung out people, etc. I don't make any judgment on them - it just depresses me. I wonder how they got there, why they got there, and why it is they remain in their situation (for whatever reason it may be). But it really depresses me, and there isn't much I can do about it right now. Call me a bleeding heart, whatever.
It isn't wholly a matter of just ignoring them, or pretending they're not there (although I'd rather not be anywhere near cracked out or drugged out people), but would I rather not live immediately around them? Yes.
I've lived in both the 'loin and in Hollywood (although ten years ago for the latter). I'd say that the 'loin is rougher than most parts of Hollywood. It really feels like a homeless enclave. It's known as a "containment area" in S.F. -- meaning the cops tolerate a lot in this area so as to prevent it from spreading to other areas (this is hearsay, but seems to be true). Most people avoid the tenderloin unless there's a specific reason to go there.
With that said, it's easy to get out of the 'loin and find a really nice/cool/fun area, whereas in Hollywood you have to travel like 100 miles before you find anything decent.