Magazine April 19, 2021, Issue

Homeless in California

An encampment of the homeless in Los Angeles, February 1 (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Why the problem, what the solution

Take a stroll through the downtown of almost any California city and you will quickly run into evidence of the state’s large and growing homeless population. Large swathes of sidewalk, parks, and other public spaces have become virtual tent cities. Issues of public hygiene, crime, and general quality of life are becoming impossible to ignore.

Alongside a decade of unbroken liberal control of its politics, liberals framed California as a “state of resistance” to Trump, and a proving ground for the big progressive ideas they claimed could bring equity nationwide. But ironically, it is often those liberals fondest of denigrating conservatives

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This article appears as “Homeless in the Golden State” in the April 19, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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Michael TannerMr. Tanner is the director of the Cato Institute’s Project on Poverty and Inequality in California and the author of The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor.

In This Issue

I. What Made California Great

II. California's Self-Destruction

III. Can California Be Saved?

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