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General Off-Topic Board / Re: MAS: Don't Disturb the Sexy
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:40:32 PM »
Stotan was in musicals.


I need to remember this more.

I was the lead in musicals, thankyouverymuch.

Which ones? I'm guessing you were Nathan Detroit.

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Detroit is really shocking.  You gotta be pretty hard core to be homeless in Detroit.  Being homeless in Orange County might actually be kinda fun.

Why is Chicago so low?  That's impressive.

Any data on NYC?

NYC has about 50,000 homeless people, which comes to about .6% of the total. The only city with a larger number is LA (with over 90,000!).

Being homeless in Detroit has got to be really hard (though being homeless anywhere is no walk in the park). I was talking to a guest Monday night about the weather being so bad here. It was really depressing. Normally the guests just want to talk about light subjects or religion (I'm Jewish, which they find fascinating, so they like to talk to me about Christianity), almost to avoid talking about being homeless. This guy just looked at me and said, "Do you know what it's like to be 40 and just want to die?" It was so sad. How do you even respond to that?

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I'd be interested in your stats, but your impressions certainly mean more than mine given your experience.  I'll take your word for it... after all I don't have any stats either.  It's just that DC never seemed to me to be over run by homelessness in a way that NYC, etc. is not.  SF seemed to have way more homelessness, but... of course... that's got a lot to do with the fact that it's not nearly as unpleasant to be homeless in California.

OK, so the stats are actually pretty interesting. Also, it depends what the study is counting as homeless. For instance, in Chicago at least, homelessness can be placed in different categories. For students, living in an apartment with other families members when your guardian isn't the one on the lease is a kind of functional homelessness. The homeless rate among students has increased due to the decrease in available public housing, and so families have moved in together, creating more technical homelessness in some cases.

From the study I just looked at, Chicago's homeless population is .2% of the total population. In D.C., the homeless population is 1.0% of the total. Interesting to note, Boston also has a homeless population listed as 1.0%, Orange County is at 1.2% (likely for the reasons you noted), and Detroit comes in at a whopping 1.6%. I am just surprised at the Boston number, actually.

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Education in the city isn't great and homelessess is certainly a problem.  However, I don't see it being worse than any major american city I've been to.  I dunno, maybe Portland and Minneapolis are better but certainly not Chicago, St. Louis, NYC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, LA or even SF.

One thing to note is that it's not really an equal comparison for a couple of reasons. DC tends to get a lot of homeless people who move there because they want to get the government's attention. I used to hand out lunches in Lafayette Park frequently. I was surprised by the number of people who wanted to tell me about how they had been wronged and how they were there to talk to so-and-so about it. A lot of people move to DC for that reason, and so it's not the fault of the city in that sense.

Now I run a soup kitchen in Chicago. I've been running it for 3 years, and I've had a chance to see some of the problems our guests go through. Yes, there is a huge homeless problem here as well, but it just does not seem as severe as DC was 10 years ago. We do have a lot of panhandling, though. We also have a huge problem with runaway kids. We tend to get kids from all the surrounding states. I don't remember that from DC, but I really wasn't involved in that area in college. I really ought to find some stats to back this up, since my impressions don't really mean anything. I could quote Mayor Daley's study that found there were about 20 homeless people in Chicago last year, but that study was just insulting.

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I love DC too.  I think it's a great town and it would take a very good reason to make me want to move.  The summers, however, I could definitely do without.

I was ready to leave after four years. The summers were too humid. The drivers were awful. And, while I love politics, everything was always so political. It was a great place to get an education, but I couldn't imagine living there long term. I do love the mix of people from all over the world, but the class division in DC is just awful. 

I'm with IrrX-- great place to visit or live short term, but no place for a family.

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I think it's around the 50's here right now.  It isn't freezing, but that is pretty cold for us.  It could be warmer by now, I was out at 7:30 and home by 8.

14 degrees here, with a wind chill of 7. Brrr.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: MAS: Don't Disturb the Sexy
« on: February 26, 2008, 10:56:58 PM »

Lutefisk and lefse?

I've dodged the lutefisk bullet (thank god). But definitely lefse! And ostkaka.

I've always loved that kaka means so many different things in different languages. I actually have never eaten lutefisk either. Something about soaking food in lye seems wrong. But I love bars (not the alcohol type-- the dessert kind)!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: MAS: Don't Disturb the Sexy
« on: February 26, 2008, 10:46:52 PM »

I'm in at UMN, but I'm probably not going at this point. It's a great school, but I really want to stay in Chicago for now. At least Chicago has a bit of that Minnesota Nice. How about you?

I'm at Penn now, but going back to MN to work (or that's the plan, anyway)

Professional Ice Fisherman?



i hate east coast ignorance about the midwest.

I always loved http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39274.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: MAS: Don't Disturb the Sexy
« on: February 26, 2008, 10:38:19 PM »

I'm in at UMN, but I'm probably not going at this point. It's a great school, but I really want to stay in Chicago for now. At least Chicago has a bit of that Minnesota Nice. How about you?

I'm at Penn now, but going back to MN to work (or that's the plan, anyway)

Professional Ice Fisherman?

Don't knock it 'til you try it.  :P

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