I was reminded of something I’ve noticed recently in Glasgow by this post.
When I started working in Glasgow, I was a temp so I visited lots of different bits of the city. That was back in 1989. I remember I’d often walk by rough-sleepers, huddled in doorways with their sleeping bags and, presumably, all their possessions. They weren’t begging. It was early in the morning and they were sleeping.
Over time, they seemed to disappear. There were still people begging – more or less depending. Then The Big Issue came along in the 1990s and there were more sellers and fewer beggars. Again, more or less depending.
Over the past few years, the numbers of both have increased. And now I’m noticing rough-sleepers huddled in doorways once again. They’re not begging. They’re sleeping.
I’ve asked a couple of penpals if they’ve noticed the same trend in their cities. And now I’m asking you.