mean cities

Dallas named ‘meanest city’ in Texas
— reported by KTRK ABC Channel 13

A Washington-based nonprofit homeless advocacy group has named Dallas as the “meanest” city in Texas — and the sixth meanest in the nation.


San Antonio comes in at eleventh for new ordinances that target aggressive panhandling, sleeping in public, urinating in public and camping or sleeping in vehicles without licenses.

Austin weighs in at 15th for proposed bans on public sleeping, panhandling and loitering.

Report: Houston is mean to its homeless
— reported by KHOU CBS Channel 11(2)

The city that opened its heart to tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees is now being called heartless when it comes to the homeless.

A report by the National Coalition for the Homeless ranks Houston as the seventh meanest city in the country when it comes to the way it treats its homeless.

The report focuses on specific city measures from 2005 that have targeted homeless persons, such as laws that make it illegal to sleep, eat, or sit in public spaces.


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