As covered last week, everyone is wetting their pants over the “homeless meters” that are going to be installed at a cost of $40K around the city of Atlanta…the money coming from Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Atlanta Police Foundation and the Georgia World Congress Center. These “homeless meters” will collect money for the homeless and, as the theory goes, the criminal beggars in the tourist areas will be graced by the wisdom of Shirley Franklin and cease their criminal activity which drives away tourists.
But do these programs work elsewhere? Of course not.
That doesn’t stop the Wizards of Smart in City Hall, though:
“The response to the program has just been tremendous,” said Debi Starnes, senior policy adviser to Franklin on homeless matters. “We’ve been getting a lot of calls from people wanting the meters.”
First, what kind of loser do you have to be to actually be fired up about “homeless meters” where you’ll call City Hall to demand them. Second, if Debi Starnes is the “senior policy adviser to Franklin on homeless matters,” I wonder how may junior policy advisers there are. And just how much does a “senior policy adviser to Franklin on homeless matters” earn a year? I bet it could cover at least one or two paid positions on the Atlanta Police Department. That would mean that a step would have to be taken to improve safety downtown…which isn’t Franklin’s goal.