Living in a nice climate makes it possible to live under canvas. The thing that strikes you is the mess, and the dependency on branded food handouts. In the Philippines, the poor have few handouts yet build wooden huts that look tidy and many dress themselves to look the same as everyone else, and what they eat are mostly natural foods – although millions go hungry. The culture understands their plight and adapts to their needs to some extent. Only a tiny percentage of the population is wealthy, and they are out of sight, but there too, prices of food and land are rising taking ‘the good life’ further beyond their reach.
On the street in the US the people have no water supply. Both types of poverty are bad but this looks worse, with poverty and wealth living just yards apart. It is shocking when you look back to how these places used to be. Many of these people probably lived good lives at one time. They have little idea of how to be poor, and there is no provision for them. They’re cast off by the corporate world and can’t find any way back. The occasional ‘home’ still shows a sense of pride and belief. Those ones might come back up, but without an address, they can get no bank account, and no job. It’s a mountain to climb.
It all looks wrong, but mostly the world looks the other way, and the opiate billionaires like things this way. The US has always had its ghettoes, but they’re growing.
To cheer yourself up, take a look at the worst place to live in England – Peterborough. It pulls a few surprises.