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The problem is that the benches do nothing but displace the problem. They don’t solve anything, but they certainly LOOK like they do, right? After all, there’s no more homeless person on the bench outside your apartment, so the city must be doing something right. However, now the buck is just being passed to someone else who doesn’t have these “nice” benches. Or the homeless person in question could just sleep on the ground next to the bench. It’s a terribly inelegant solution to the problem.
Furthermore, the homeless are people too, and regardless of how they look and act they should be treated with dignity. And don’t think you think if the problem is more visible people are going to be more enthusiastic to solve it? A sad truth about us is that if we don’t see it, it probably doesn’t exist.
The second argument I didn’t address because it’s not a great argument to begin with and I didn’t agree with it.
>That’s like complaining that someone forbids people to take shit in the street while public toilets are being installed.
If I understand what you’re saying, that’s a shit analogy (pun intended) because installing public toilets actually solves the problem instead of displacing it. A more apt analogy would be installing pointed bollards into the sidewalk that, when they detect someone squatting with their pants down, raise up and poke the person, interrupting the shit and forcing that person to do their fecal act someplace else.