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In case you haven’t noticed, bus benches and other places where the homeless might sleep (or just lie down) are increasingly designed to prevent it. While it may be an inconvenience to have a bus bench or street grate occupied by a homeless individual, it’s more inconvenient for them. They are now treated like pigeons, who have long found their once-favorite perching places spiked to prevent them from landing and cluttering anyone’s field of view.

I find this very troubling, but an expression of an America in decline that takes its self-doubt and its frustration out on the poor. And the homeless? They are to be neither seen nor heard.

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