Street Sleep

10 Dec

10 street sleep

I had an early start today and walked across the city to do some shopping to make cakes for the exhibition opening tomorrow and on my way back I spotted these two men asleep on the pavement down a side street. It was about 9.15 am and I was quite shocked. There’s one regular street person who tucks himself down every evening; he’s been doing it for decades and refuses offers of housing, preferring to live on the streets. But I’ve never seen anyone else out in the open like this. There are all sorts of reasons why people might be in this situation, but really, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it isn’t right. Why haven’t we cracked this problem yet?

On a lighter note, I’ve just finished the lemon butterream cake for tomorrow’s opening party for the group exhibition I’m in – the chocolate brownies can wait until tomorrow. I’ll post photos in tomorrow’s blog 🙂


8 Responses to “Street Sleep”

  1. allesistgut December 11, 2013 at 08:49 #

    There must be a way to solve this. And on a lighter note, too: I’m looking forward to your photos of the buttercream cake. 😉 Have a lovely day.

    • Rosie Scribblah December 11, 2013 at 15:13 #

      Tis has been going on for generations and we haven’t sussed it yet 😦

  2. Dean December 10, 2013 at 23:52 #

    That’s crazy coincidence! My 1st exhibition gets up and running tomorrow and I too plan to post pics! 🙂

  3. Alli Farkas December 10, 2013 at 23:35 #

    At least here in the USA, the homeless problem mushroomed a few decades ago when all the public mental health hospitals closed (government quit funding them). Now the criminally insane are all in prisons, and the innocuous mentally disturbed live on the street. There are charity shelters, but like your “regular” street person many of them refuse to go to a shelter.

    • Rosie Scribblah December 10, 2013 at 23:41 #

      It’s dreadful 😦

    • jhv57 December 10, 2013 at 23:55 #

      Appalling state of affairs. You are exactly correct in your analysis of the initial cause of this problem. Can’t believe we can’t solve this.

      • Rosie Scribblah December 11, 2013 at 15:14 #

        I really don’t know what the answer is. I’ve worked with homeless people and addicts and they often seem completely unsuited to mainstream life and I don’t know what can be done about it.

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