In February of 2006, there were 1,650 homeless people in the Knoxville area; In February 1996 there were 1,187 – Cornerstone Foundation & Roger Nooe’s Biannual Study
Over the past couple of months we have touched on the homeless and panhandling issues that plague our Knoxville. The statistic above is proof that the problem is only worsening.
On a recent trip to Chattanooga, I stumbled upon “The Art of Change” meters that hope to curb panhandling by putting your spare change to good use. Cities such as Dallas and San Francisco have enacted similar programs. Our friends over at Chattarati asked their readers if the meters are actually working.
If the change collected went to a good cause, would you support panhandling meters in Knoxville? Why or why not?
Photo courtesy of John Hawbaker