Homeless

Train Crossing - Spanning the Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis
@webeishere (36377)
United States
June 19, 2008 4:22pm CST
This is a shot of a train bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. To the right is a small island as well. Very small actually. Nothing on it but trees weeds and critters. Well that's not all on the island. This isalnd is also home to a few homeless people here. The trains seldom cross this track. Maybe twice a day and never at night time. So the homeless cross these train tracks to use the small island as their little toen. I have seen tents set up many a time. The police have a hard time trying to rid the island of them as they have to walk and it is usually the beat patrol or bike patrol that makes them leave the island. It is Burlington Northern Trains property and no ytrespassing allowed. But seldom do the police try to make them move. Are there places you have seen the homeless living that are not the ordinary under bridge spans etc? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@kerriannc (4282)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 08
Hello dear, there are alot of homeless persons and sometimes I wish I was a millionaire. I remember going to work one day and saw a homeless man infront of a business place yes I know that this is not out of the ordinary but some owner would have beat him or wet him up. But this man wrote a letter and sent him to one of the shelter where he could have receive help. Alot of persons cannot deal with the stress and economic woes and these things happen. All the best. kerry
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I see a lot standing on corners on my way to pick up my wife. I have given them cash, and even a blanket I had in the trunk one winter as it was really cold. My wife gives some homeless a free meal ever so often at her work also. She feels for them as much as most people do. They can't get into the shelter across from her restaraunt so she will give them a sandwich and coffe. $6 tops. The owner doesn't mind either as they are mostly decent hard working people but without a home. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
19 Jun 08
Hello there grandpa bob, its been a while that I was not able to mylot and respond to your many discussions. I have been really busy doing nothing.LOL WHat a statement, but its really true. I guess I was too lazy to mylot that I ended up stagnated to this earning and to this number of posts. So as early as 6am today while i make my report at the office, I have tried to motivate myself to post nt to allow the lazy aura beat me. Its raining outside and really cold here with the noisy aircon on my back. Well, I have tried to over power it with the sound of the keyboard while I type this reply. Here in the Philippines you will lots and lots of homeless people just anywhere, specially when its at night. At the heart of the city you will see helpless kids making the park as beds with only pieces of sack as their bed and some using nothing. Its a pity but I really cant do anything about this problem, I can only watch them with pity in my heart and tears in my eyes.
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
20 Jun 08
That is very nice of you and your wife. You both have a very big heart. I never see homeless people where I live, but in Chicago, you will see them everywhere.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Thanks. Sometimes they will wash the windows of the restaraunt for the food payment which is nice. they offer she doesn't ask them. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
20 Jun 08
Your right, Ourdew. The 2 1/2 yrs. I lived and worked in Chicago, the homeless were everywhere. Every street corner, on park benches, benches on the sidewalks. Most always looking for handouts but there were a few who actually would do odd things for good food or a few articles of clothing.
@cjgrooms (4457)
• United States
19 Jun 08
We live in the country and i haven't seen this problem but back when i worked on St. Simons Isle there was almost always a homeless person or two out around the pier and in the parks.
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• Philippines
20 Jun 08
lots of homeless here in the Philippines..you see them under almost every bridge..they build a small house made of cartons and sacks from the rice..some on the railways...
• United States
20 Jun 08
I remember the island you're talking about. It's been 5 years now since we moved from the area. When we moved out to Fridley I thought getting out of the city, we wouldn't see the problem as much. But we lived pretty close to the river. There was a little walking trail that went down to the river than a foot bridge over to another small island. I never actually saw anyone living there, or heard of the police kicking anyone out. But they left their markings...trash, blankets, ripped tents, shopping carts and such. I always felt bad, and wished there was something I could do.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
20 Jun 08
we have many homeless people living under the bridge or train stations as well in my home country... it is such a sad sight... i hope the government will do something to help them... if i have a lot of money, i will definitely build houses for them... i just don't have the heart to see them living in that conditions especially the children... take care and have a nice day...
@skinnychick (6937)
• United States
20 Jun 08
In Seattle, there was a park downtown that had tents pitched like that. It turned out that it was the homeless. I hadn't seen anything like that. It was strange to me.
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
20 Jun 08
We have a homeless man who sleeps in the park pavillian at night. I see him alot in the early mornings when I go there to hunt for cans out of the garbage cans there. He's only there during the warm months. Have no clue where he goes when the temps. drop in the fall and thru the winter. I will sometimes leave him a bowl with a box of cereal in it along with a small carton of milk and plastic spoon for breakfast when he wakes up. Nice guy who is down on his luck cause of his temper. He's like me, works best alone cause others tend to bring out the temper and, therefore, gets him fired every time. Thankfully, he has no family to support. Just himself. There are also many small islands up and down the Kankakee River here and I've seen alot of homeless living on them when the water is low. Right now, they are all underwater so no clue where the homeless are at now. Long as they don't cause any trouble, the homeless in my town are left alone by the police.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
20 Jun 08
We do have a Salvation Army near the downtown area and they stay there during the waking hours, but stay in the shelter at night.. The only other place that I know of is under a bridge.. It is sad but a fact of life and I do know that some people don't want to be in this horrible position, but some do and wouldn't change for the world.. I wish things were better for all of us..
@chej18 (915)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Hi granpa Bob, Here in Netherlands i dont see much homeless people.They got very good system and very nice rules about helping people who doesnt have a job.But i saw few of homeless who get also money from the government so i dont understand why still living on the streets even they can afford to get apartment.Most of them just being lazy and doing nothing just take advantage to the rules that government can help them.And also they are always drunk atleast most of them.But in the country where i came from Philippines.I feel really bad that lot of people who cant have thier own house or a comportable bad to sleep on.I hope that our government can do something about it. Greetings from Che!