A number of folks on the starboard side of the Blogosphere are aghast at Mayor Bloomberg for ordering the homeless not to be fed:
You are no longer allowed to donate home-cooked food to New York City’s public soup kitchens and shelters. The DHS (Department of Homeless Services) has deemed such food unfit for homeless consumption because it cannot accurately evaluate its nutritional value.
Because making sure the homeless to get enough fiber and avoid too much salt is so much more important than feeding them in the first place or (heaven forfend!) allowing them to enjoy a good-tasting meal cooked with love.
In contrast, I think this is an idea whose time has come. Attention San Francisco: implement this strategy now — if there’s less free goodies available to them, you may start noticing that your homeless population begins to disperse over time. It’s counterintuitive, I know, but it just might work.