Homeless in a Hostile City - Part 8

Poverty exists as a parallel but separate reality. City planners work very hard to keep it outside our field of vision.

It is too miserable, too dispiriting, too painful to look at someone defecating in a park or sleeping in a doorway and think of him as “someone’s son”.

It is easier to see him and ask only the unfathomably self-centred question: “How does his homelessness affect me?”

So we cooperate with urban design and work very hard at not seeing, because we do not want to see. We tacitly agree to this apartheid.

(Continued in Part 9)