Friday, October 7, 2011
Today I spent the afternoon downtown. As I typically do, I took a few photos with my cellphone.
One reason I was in the area of skid row on this particular day and time was to count people. Not for some survey or study. I count people so I can try to wrap my head around what this economy is doing to so many people in our nation. If the government tells you things are getting better they are not telling the truth, by an even wider margin than one can begin to imagine.
This was the first Friday of a new calendar quarter. I count the people in the same area on the same day (as long as it is not raining which can impact the count) in the same afternoon to early evening time frame.
In 2010 for the last quarter start there were 216 people. In 2011 there were 491. Things are not getting better.
More families, children, young people than ever before.
If you wish to help, and you CAN help in many ways, please go to www.urm.org for more information.
More photos if you select the "read more" link