posted on Aug, 5 2007 @ 04:06 AM
I am in a position to speak from experience on this one, because my family has seen its ups and downs.
150 feet per person- 3 times what has been allowed up till now in Atlanta is absolutely unlivable.
When you've got the trash generated by 14 people coming out of one house, and the same reasons that they choose to live that way stop them from
renting a proper garbage bin, it's not an inconvenience, it's a public health problem.
If any of you want to defend the rights of people to warehouse themselves by the dozen in a single-family dwelling because they are afraid of the
background check that goes with renting their own place, or because they are blowing all of their money either on drugs or gambling or wire transfers
to Mexico- I don't care on what purpose really- then you need to be where I've been.
Until you, as an 11 year old kid, have to wade through maggots so thick that you honestly can't believe there is concrete underfoot, in order to load
up 4 truckloads of months-old garbage because everyone but your mom is too lazy to do it or too filthy to care if it gets done and you don't think
she should have to do it alone... until then I don't mean to be holier than thou, but you couldn't possibly know what in the hell you are talking
about if you think that people have a right to live however they want on the basis that they are only hurting themselves. They are not only hurting
I'm Mr. Individual Sovreignty. I absolutely believe that people can do whatever the hell they want with themselves.
If somebody wants to cut off his weak arm because he doesn't like having to pay to feed those muscles and keep that extra skin warm, i'll hold his
coat while he does it, even if I do think he's an idiot.
But when you live in conditions that will necessarily bring disease-carrying pests into your neighborhood, will put you at risk for spreading illness
to others you come in contact with, and will be unhealthy for any children living with you, you are not just making a decision for yourself. You are
creating a condition that affects the public and you are well within the reach of legitimate government authority.
By the way, the average prison cell is 70 square feet. Keep that in mind when considering the old standard of 50 square feet per person.
Heck, maybe I've just stumbled on the real reason for the correlation between crime and poverty: People want more space and privacy than they can get