Madison Cracks Down on Homeless

What does Mayor Soglin have against the homeless?

Concerned about public health and safety, Mayor Paul Soglin is taking actions to deal with drifters and homeless people engaging in dangerous behavior Downtown and in other parts of the city.

The actions would include ending all outdoor living and encampments except at the City-County Building, and seeking to limit free food distribution to the City-County Building.

In the past two weeks there has been a serious increase in the number of drifters Downtown, with more people coming to the front entrance of the City-County Building, and new encampments in other places, including one at Frances Street between State and Langdon streets, Soglin said in a memo Friday to City Council members and department mangers.

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“I know that in defense of the homeless, some will consider these measures draconian, but enough is enough,” Soglin said in the two-page memo. “The combination of City and County policies that encourage drifters to come to Madison, and the concerted efforts of others to send them here has reached an intolerable level.”

In all seriousness, Soglin is right to clean up the streets. It is unsafe and unsanitary for the homeless and the rest of us.