Three years ago was the deadline a former governor set for wiping out homelessness in Minnesota. He — we — missed. Nobody’s been able to wipe out homelessness. There simply isn’t enough interest in doing so, apparently.
Maybe it’s time to take a marketing page from Sweden, where a campaign has launched to allow people to “book” rooms where the homeless sleep.
“Feel the city’s pulse from dawn to dusk at Gullbergsvass,” begins the description of a claustrophobic concrete slab-shelf near a busy roadway. “This delightful dwelling is just a stroll from the romantic Dreamer’s Quay: a source of inspiration to musicians and artists alike.”
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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