The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro
Lauren Smiley

This is an abysmal analysis of homelessness. All the “cures” address symptoms rather than causes of homelessness, and you only kept my attention by applying (what turned out to be oversimplified) “startup” “solutions.” Building solutions means one must start with listening, watching, and working with those whose problems you hope to help solve. That requires more than Gopman’s search for a quickfix solution. The way to stop homelessness is early access to something more stable, with easy ways to reinforce whatever stability you might achieve — whether a tent, a dome or a basement nest.

Superficial “solutions” like “more housing” ignore the basic fact that it’s not “housing” that’s sought, but, rather, the chance to live close to what you do to make life possible and fulfilling — sometimes a job, sometimes a mission, sometimes a calling. Location is the “market” not an apartment. And that location involves community more than a building or a tenant or even an owner. If Gopman had organized his constituents (or “clients”) to work out their problem with the city itself, directly, he — and they — could have created temporary jobs, temporary living spaces, leading to longer jobs, more spaces, and easier ways to connect both the job, the house, and the friendships that a city represents. Homelessness — just like startups — is not a step, it’s a scaffold, with lots of little steps until you see WTF you’ve come to.

I expect more depth from Medium. This was like ice skating without a destination.

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