River Dwellers the New Homeless?


The Headline in the Des Moines Register is “River Dwellers Face Eviction.” In what is now an annual or semi-annual affair the City of Des Moines is removing housing and trash placed on public and private land near Downtown Des Moines by a group that used to be called the “homeless” In reporting on the story the Register has created a new less pejorative term for the homeless. That term is “River Dwellers”(One can only wonder if this is going to be like the undocumented immigrant./illegal alien transformation). The register notes that the River Dwellers are going to be evicted from the land and their possessions removed if they are not removed by the River Dwellers themselves. The use of the term eviction is somewhat strange as eviction usually entails a payment for services, space or an attempted purchase which is clearly not the issue here. I can only wonder In a world where we build ice rinks, skateboard venues, bike trails and dog parks all over the place that serve a noticeably limited sector of the public perhaps we. might want to consider creation of a ” Homeless(strike that), sorry Register, “River Dweller Park”! Each River Dweller could pay rent of 30 recyclable cans and bottles a day.    The City could even allow fishing at the New River Dwellers Park to remove that undesirable fishing element that is creating a problem on the Principal River Walk downtown . Imagine the pride Des Moines could take in the fact that they created a home for the homeless, cleaned up the river walk and increased recycling all with one action. This would allow the Chamber of Commerce and the City to advertise that Des Moines no longer has any Homeless only River Dwellers who work in the recycling , beautification and fishing industry. Surely somewhere in the redevelopment plans for Waterworks Park they could squeeze out 30 acres in the flood plain for the benefit of  that obviously underserved segment of our population, the “River Dwellers.”

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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