The NYT on Homeless Persons
Have you explored the New York Times Topics Pages? There are about five zillion of them. Many of them are for proper nouns — people, organizations (still separated from “people,” FOR NOW), places. Some of them are for subjects. The Topics Pages collect “all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published … on articles going back to 1981.”
One fun thing is to click through to topics that you don’t usually encounter a whole page of NYT real estate devoted to. It’s an interesting exercise in, “Oh, what if the front page of the NYT looked like this sometimes.” Like the page the page for “Homeless Persons.”
The most recent entry for “Homeless Persons” is a photo essay by Craig Blankenhorn. In his introduction to his series of 12 photos of homeless babies, children, and teens in Florida, he writes: “There are 1.6 million homeless children in the United States. I want to be the witness to this, to provide evidence of their bleak condition.” His pictures are sad, of course. The stories that go with them, more so. If you’re interested, there are 4,933 more articles about Homeless Persons in the archives. There is also a “a list of resources from around the Web about Homeless Persons as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.” It is called the “Homeless Persons Navigator” but not the “Homeless Person’s Navigator,” which is a shame.