A sure indication of the economy's major league fail, is the number of beggars that I see in my day to day activities. It has gone up dramatically.
It's scary to think that a year ago I would see maybe one beggar on the walk from the Metra to the Blue Line Jackson stop.
Today, I saw five beggars on that walk from the Metra to the Blue Line alone. I saw more on the train and in other neighborhoods.
I also talk to more and more of my friends who are forced into living at home, living in the suburbs because they can't afford rent while jobless in the city. They pray that their parents are able to maintain their jobs, while my friends social lives are put on hold living with their parents.