Boston Public Library is a dumping ground for homeless FWD

Tom Boland (
Thu, 25 Dec 1997 16:53:14 -0800 (PST)

FWD from Boston Globe
                          Letters to the Editor
*Library is a dumping ground for homeless*

*By Matthew I.a. Growney Boston, 12/20/97*

        As a law student in Back Bay, I frequent the
Boston Public Library due to the overcrowding at the small
law school library.

It has become a distressing scene to enter the library and
study to the uncontrollable outbursts and traffic stemming
from our community's mentally ill homeless.

It has been distracting to small children and older
students trying to research and learn amid a crowded room
of hurt, tired, and sick homeless, helpless persons.

        I do not blame the homeless, who obviously choose
to congregate at the library because they are unbothered
by the security and are kept warm and dry by the vast

I do blame the lack of creativity and motivation of state
and local governments, corporations, and wealthy of the
community in addressing this public embarrassment.

        How come during the holidays we make charity
donations and collections for the homeless, then after the
holidays they go back to being unnoticed and frozen to
death in the park?

This story ran on page A10 of the Boston Globe on 12/20/97.