Poverty in Houston

Living on the side of I-10 and feeding off the drivers on the feeder lanes.

Blog Action Day 2008


5 thoughts on “Poverty in Houston

  1. Yes the wheelchair is what caught my eye. Especially, when we spend 100’s of millions on the I-10 expansion, a few bucks more to setting up more homeless shelters outside of downtown would be beneficial for these people.

  2. Poverty? Please! We don’t have poverty in America. You wanna see poverty?…step outside the country for a bit. These fat pan-handlers on their fake wheelchairs on the side of highways are not poor …they’re lazy!

    Did anyone wonder why there is no one in the ‘shelter’ in the picture and the wheel chair was left behind?

    They’ve taken their $ collections for the day, parked their fake disability (wheelchair) in their ‘home’ and gone for walk about town with the handouts. Probably to get their ‘fix’ for the day.

    Don’t give money to them…you are prolonging their dependence on handouts…and not making a living off the sweat of their back.

    1. Ok I am aware that poverty in America isn’t as bad as it is in Africa and other such places. But do not call these people lazy. Do you have any idea why these people are homeless? Do you know why these people feel like they need a fix? No you don’t. You have no idea about how they became addicted to drugs/alcholhal or how they became homeless. The reason they are using a wheelchair is because they know that our society rejects them, for some reason todays people think their dangerous so throw a wheel chair in their and they can no longer hurt you. Before you go jumping to conclusions about people you’ve probably never even talked to do not judge them.

  3. Houstoncityslicker, you have a good point about the difference between poverty here and abroad. I’ve seen the slums and beggars in Peru and India. But poverty takes many different forms and the extremity of one type does not diminish another. We should be committed to creating a society where everybody can live to their fullest potential. It’s the moral thing to do. The solutions are as complex as the poverty. We need people like Pankaj who keep their eyes open to document what’s happening.

    On another note, should we call these places on the side of the highway Bushvilles — the modern-day equivalent to Hoovervilles.

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