Via Scoop.itGeography Education

“An estimated 600,000 Americans are homeless, but the spread isn’t uniform. Some cities have been hit harder than others.”

When I teach cultural geography, I discuss the idea that some thing are “in place” and others are “out of place” based on the cultural norms that change from place to place.  Homelessness is almost always “out of place.”   What parts of the built environment in your city are purposefully uninviting to the homeless?  What is the connection between the city (and urbanization) and homelessness?  What could (or should) be done in major metropolitan areas with high rates of homelessness?  What is the spatial patterns evident in the geography of homelessness?  What accounts for these patterns?  What surprises are in the data from the article?