Alternative Architectures

Over eighteen hundred people sleep on the streets of Portland Oregon, every night. In 2012, fifty-six people died outside, living on the streets. They are men and women and families. They are young and old. Each has their own story about how they got to where they are. Alternative Architectures is not about any of that.

It Started With a Chair

I am not looking to elicit sympathy. I will show no faces and tell no sad stories. I will not broach the topic of how to help these people change their lives around. All I care to do is to put a spotlight on the living conditions that members of our society live in.

Mahatma Ghandi said,”A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” a sentiment echoed by Winston Churchill, Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, Pearl Buck, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Pope John Paul II and who knows how many others. I don’t have all the answers, or possibly any answers, but I see this as the beginning of a conversation, a conversation about one very specific part of the homeless issue; their lack of basic shelter.

Thank you for looking at what I am doing and I hope, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, that you will reach out and share.


J Tom


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