Cut The Crap: The Feud over Miami Homeless

It’s time to cut the crap.

Tired of the pushback against installing restrooms for homeless people, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in Miami took to constructing a map that detailed how much urine and feces actually fills the city’s downtown streets on a daily basis.

The group scooped up its data from a sanitation worker’s eight-hour shift last Friday, and dumped smiling poop emojis along the blocks where human excrement was found, the Miami Herald reported.

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To help clean up the city, and give homeless people a dignified way of relieving themselves, the DDA would ideally like to model a restroom program after San Francisco’s “Pit Stop,” initiative, Alyce Robertson, DDA executive director, said in a statement.

Operated by San Francisco Public Works, the Pit Stop facilities are staffed and transported to four locations in the Tenderloin and SoMa neighborhoods four days a week. The initiative provides solar-powered toilets and sinks, and used needle receptacles and dog waste stations, according to the group’s website.

But Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, a government program responsible for implementing policies for homeless people, has outright rejected the idea, according to the Herald.

“We created this map to illustrate our serious concerns about street conditions in downtown Miami and we are hopeful that this will inspire action by Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Trust, which was created to address problems like these,” Robertson said in a statement provided to The Huffington Post.

While overall homelessness has dropped in Miami-Dade County, the area has seen an uptick in the number of people living on the streets.

Source: Huffington Post

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