Having been a transient homeless person in Portland (more specifically, a dirty kid in Portland), I can say most assuredly people are not generous in Portland. Anywhere you go. Some of the best spots still only yield $60 on the best day, panhandling for 10+ hours (both sidewalk and off-ramp). It's true that it's really pretty much impossible to determine an accurate portrayal of homeless "income" as some cities love travelers and consistently give us $20 bills and others (read: every single city on the west coast) are liable to give you closer to $0.36. And that again depends on the day, the weather, the people who drive or walk past you, et cetera. I've been in some cities and towns where one day, I'll make $120 in under 3 hours, and then not make another $10 for the next 4 days. It's not really quantifiable. It isn't even really understandable unless you're actually out there and know the city, the places to fly, the ways people respond to your signs, the days people are more likely to give you cash, so on and so forth. Even if you are making 80-100 dollars a day, you have no bank account, you have no reasonable way to save money; you probably want to rent a hotel room, watch some T.V., take a 4 hour shower and drink some decent whiskey.
Y'all can be as academic as you want about it, but you're still ultimately clueless to the reality of homelessness. No sass, just saying, sociology degrees only take you so far.
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