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I've seen remarkable informal correlations between dramatic increase in *visible* homeless populations, in cities like Atlanta and Cleveland, and impending economic downturns. Happened in 2000, and again in 2007-2009.

The visible homeless population of Atlanta is surging again.

I have to emphasize that this is VERY anecdotal. However, these two cities, due to their diverse racial and cultural makeup, tend to get hit hard when economic winds change.

So I'm fearful that this is a sign of more to come, and that it may be worse than economists think.

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