Last night, over the course of watching an evening of TV, the hot news item featured in every teaser on every channel was about our cold snap. Temps are creeping toward freezing at night until Friday. It’s a rare and big deal for it to go on so long, like the rain we had 2 weeks ago.
Again, the local news surprised me. Instead of sensationalistic gabbing about murders and local politics, newscasters kept saying different versions of: “With freezing temperatures, find out what’s being done to keep the homeless warm.” Homelessness is rampant in some of the cities I’ve lived in: D.C., Baltimore, New York and Los Angeles, but, I don’t ever recall one news story about their welfare.
So, yes, there are crimes here and poverty and homelessness, all the markers of a modern city in the U.S., but the approach to it all is so very different. So far, this is the community feeling I was looking for, this is a place where the people are the most important part of the city.