What the Pandemic Taught Us About the Homeless — and What We Shouldn’t Forget

The streets of our cities have been too empty and too full.

Emptied of cars and pedestrians, the streets of the pandemic became eerie still frames of an economy on pause. And yet, as we venture back to our sidewalks and storefronts, we are reminded that our streets also are a home, an imperfect and unsustainable haven for the transient masses we call “the homeless.” Never has it been starker than in the vacuum of social distancing that they are there, the only people who remained when all others retreated to the safety of their homes.

Thus begins my latest op-ed, co-authored with Thomas Hugh Byrne from Boston University and Benjamin F. Henwood from the University of Southern California, originally published in The Hill.

To read the full op-ed, click here.

Half-time in America

There are a handful of American campaign advertisements and political speeches that have stood the test of time.  Consider JFK’s moonshot speech, FDR’s “nothing to fear except fear itself”, LBJ’s “Daisy” advertisement, and Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America”.

I firmly believe that one advertisement – from an unexpected place – has the ability to reframe our national debate and our expectations of the political process.  You saw it last night during the Super Bowl.  I am of course referring to Clint Eastwood’s “Half-time in America” spot for Chrysler*, embedded after the jump, with transcript.

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