Homelessness - An Analysis of Atlantas Ordinance...

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An Analysis of Atlanta’s Ordinance Prohibiting Urban Camping the problem of homelessness
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Prohibitions Against Urban Camping Although Atlanta is a thriving southern metropolis – the city “too busy to hate” – it is in the top 5 “meanest” cities in its treatment of homeless people. The 1990’s brought on a series of “Quality of Life” Ordinances Prohibition of “urban camping”: one cannot reside in a public park, a street, or ‘place.’ One cannot: Sleep in a car, Erect a tent, or any structure that provides structure, or make preparations to sleep
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Quality of Life? What is the argument for Quality of Life Ordinances?
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Proponents Say: 1. Homeless people increase crime 2. Homeless people endanger the health of others 3. The presence of homeless people decreases business/hurts the economy of the city If public places are used by homeless people it decreases space available for business If people avoid downtown areas businesses suffer & social/cultural events languish
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 1160 taught by Professor Mauraryan during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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