Local complaints over trashy streets are on the rise as Springtime sunshine exposes this town as a horrific dump.
Sadly . . . The solution seems dystopian and impractical.
To wit and a question we'd like to see mainstream journalists answer . . .
IS 12TH & OAK REALLY EXPECTING HOMELESS TO WORK IN ORDER TO KEEP STREETS CLEAN?!?!
Of course there's honor in every bit of work but we're just not certain this is a practical solution proposed by our betters in the local municipal bureaucracy.
Homeless/houseless people often have serious problems involving debilitating drug abuse and traumatic emotional and mental issues that they're coping with . . . Meanwhile, even modest sanitation work takes skill and dedication to do properly.
More to the point . . . Handing a junkie a broom might be politically satisfying but it's not gonna work.
Take a peek at the plan . . .
"Meanwhile the city, which spends $2 million a year on illegal dumping, is working on finding solutions to the situation.
"We really want to employ houseless individuals to pick up trash around the city. So, we've got a couple of initiatives that we're working on with some partners in the community that could help address some of the issue," Josh Henges, KCMO's homelessness prevention coordinator, said.
"Residents say change can't come soon enough."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Kimberly Hart bought two homes from Kansas City's land bank in 2016, she didn't know she'd face an uphill battle with illegal dumping. "It's all over the place. People dump things there. It's really disgusting. And it's demoralizing. You know, it's not how it should be," Hart said.