As to the posts mentioning the 2006 article in The Straight Dope and its pretty obvious similarities, the assumption has been that this writer, Joe Streckert, copied the 2006 article. There is another assumption that could be made, that he also authored the 2006 article (he clearly writes for other publications and sites). It is a very good question being that if he had no hand in the 2006 article his writing would,sadly, border on plagiarism (if not technically, then ethically) and would at least qualify as lazy as stated in previous comments. It made me curious, but I cannot verify either assumption.
Second, the author never makes a claim that his survey or collected data is anything but casual and very general so the critiques regarding methodology and accuracy of his data set and collection are excessive and off base. And, despite data being available regarding panhandling income, the data varies widely from study to study and city to city (as might be expected.) This article is a good generalized view of panhandling in Portland--it accomplishes it target providing readers with a basic idea as to the issues and reality of panhandling in Portland.
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