Yesterday, in the monthly meeting of the Dallas area Continuum of Care group that administers and utilizes U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs funds to serve the homeless locally, a representative from Plano,Texas informed us that the shelter in her city was full and that it had been for over a year. No weather related cause explained the situation. When asked, she also told us that the surge in shelter population was not Katrina related either.
For a number of years Plano, Texas was at or near the top of the list of America's most affluent communities. I am sure it is still way up there, but something else is obviously going on in Plano and, I would argue, around the nation.
There really are "two Americas" today.
A small group of people are growing more and more wealthy.
At the same time, a large and growing group are losing ground with many falling off into poverty. The Plano, Texas shelter report is just the latest piece of data to confirm what I am seeing.
The extremes are at once disturbing and bewildering.
This morning NBC's Today Show aired a story on a mattress company in New York City. Did you catch it?
The company specializes in handmade mattresses. The least expensive mattress in the store sells for something over $4,000. The top of the line mattress that is their best-seller--are you ready for this?--goes for a bit over $49,000.
The top-of-the-line mattress is considered "an investment in your health and your sleep."
Wonder what my buddies who spent last night on the curb or in a Downtown shelter, or out in that Plano shelter would think about that pitch?
I suppose the extremes are always like this.
But I've noticed across the years, we would be wise to watch the extremes because after awhile they begin to tell us really important things about where we actually are.
A bulging homeless population in suburban, North Dallas and mattresses worth more than many homes in South Dallas. What do you think?
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