10 thoughts on “#WordlessWednesday: The Foothills

  1. This makes me sad, Rob. He looks beaten down. My first instinct is to offer him a hand up and a hug- it’s amazing how a simple act of kindness can change a person’s life ❤

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    1. This image is part of a series I started in December. I call the series ‘Memories of Market Street.” I used virtual props to make a set based on memories of San Francisco’s Market Street as it was in 1985. I’m glad you felt something for him because that’s a sign that the illustration works. In today’s world, I see a sharp increase in people living on the street. I hope this photo inspires voters in the States to practice some compassion in the voting booth this year.

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      1. We’re seeing the same thing in Canada. Victoria’s streets and parks have become a haven for the homeless. Sadly, many die from overdoses. I’m not sure what can be done to change the tide.

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      2. This is a great comment. Thanks, Jacquie. I see homelessness as a symptom of a systematic contempt for the poor. I feel overwhelmed by it because abolishing homelessness means taking on a class system partially premised on a belief that poverty is a choice. Some of the people I see on the streets more recently were just kicked out of their homes; they look humiliated and terrified. They’re not using drugs, at least not yet. Speaking for myself, if it’s a choice between starving in filth on the streets or overdosing on morphine, I’ll take the morphine. No sin I can ever commit would justify being forced to suffer under the judgments of a merciless city. BTW, the guy in that photo is scavenging for crack. 🙂

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      3. I thought he might be. He has the desperate, hopeless look of many I see here.
        I think part of the problem is that it’s pretty much impossible to get a decent job anymore without a high school diploma (or the equivalent).
        Many (me included) drop out before they accomplish that and it leaves them searching for menial labor- which doesn’t pay enough to cover rent, much less food and clothing.
        Another large majority of homeless are veterans.
        I can’t even describe how angry this makes me. They should DEFINITELY be cared for by our government. Instead, they suffer in silence.
        Our city council bought a few hotels to place the homeless through the pandemic, but it’s not really working because they trash the places. People in the neighborhoods are scared to leave their homes, or allow their children out to play. So, in a way, the homeless cut their own throats. How can we help people who don’t want help?

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      4. Yes, to everything you said, Jacquie, especially about our veterans. We can disagree about the wars we fight but protecting the lives, and the dignity of our vets and our diasabled citizens should not be a partisan issue.

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