Liberal policies have led to homeless encampments popping up in blue cities all across the country.
As the midterm elections approach, they finally are starting to clean them up.
Seattle, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, and New York City have all begun to take steps to clean up the homeless encampments and attempt to fix the problem.
Makeshift shelters abut busy roadways, tent cities line sidewalks, tarps cover broken-down cars, and sleeping bags are tucked in storefront doorways. The reality of the homelessness crisis in Oregon’s largest city can’t be denied.
In Seattle, new Mayor Bruce Harrell ran on a platform that called for action on encampments, focusing on highly visible tent cities in his first few months in office. Across from City Hall, two blocks’ worth of tents and belongings were removed Wednesday. The clearing marked the end of a 2½-week standoff between the mayor and activists who occupied the camp, working in shifts to keep homeless people from being moved.
In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser launched a pilot program over the summer to permanently clear several homeless camps. In December, the initiative faced a critical test as lawmakers voted on a bill that would ban clearings until April. It failed 5-7.
Back in December, a homeless man in New York City lit the Fox News Christmas tree on fire.
A lawsuit alleged that the homeless problem in San Francisco has gotten so bad that the streets are now “unsanitary, unsafe and impassable.”
Why did it take so long to clean these up?