I must admit I NEVER wanted to live in the midst of all of this chaos, and I have very little sympathy for those who choose to do so.
Live on the beach. Live up in the hills. There are other options than turning downtown LA into a Third World disease-ridden slum.
If they could, the self-styled homeless advocates in the Denver / Boulder area would trash public spaces in these cities, too. It’s unconscionable! Denver Homeless Out Loud and Boulder Rights Watch are worse than useless in terms of promoting positive alternatives to more of the same old ENABLING.
First time I’d tasted beets since 2017; NOT a common item on the menu in hospitals or nursing homes.
While living at a halfway house (operated under state contract) in Kansas City, MO back in 2005, I discovered that plain beets and black olives are scrumptious together! Food was served buffet-style, and I’d filled one small side dish with the two veggies, and somehow wound up spooning them into my mouth as a mixture. I’ve never since had the opportunity to enjoy this combo, but haven’t forgotten how good it was.
Here’s my take, based on a decade of living as a clean and sober homeless camper on the outskirts of Boulder, CO who was never cited or arrested for anything: The homeless shelter / services industry, comprised of government agencies and private nonprofits, has no incentive to “end homelessness” as they frequently claim is their goal. To the contrary, this faux compassion complex operates by the creed of More Homeless People = More Money. (This also explains why the cost-effective Tiny House Community model is largely ignored in Denver; it’s peanuts compared to yet another multi-million dollar project that serves far fewer people in need.)