If you’ve been through Copley Square, you’ve no doubt been subjected to tens, if not hundreds of drug addicts wandering around.
The area is also popular with homeless people.
And, crazy people.
And, those rotten kids on their skateboards.
I posted a comment sharing some of my feelings about the labels, and also about the ableist implication that a place is bad because it's welcoming to members of our community who have disabilities and/or don't have permanent homes. I also asked if he had taken a survey of these people to see if they identified as having mental illness and/or being homeless, or if these were just assumptions.
Mr. Keith responded with a sort of apology, as any good business person would. He stuck his foot in his mouth though when he clarified that he wasn't talking about people with disabilities, but rather about "nutjobs," and assured me that he had plenty of sympathy for people with mental illness. He ignored the whole issue of the assumptions and of the fact that the vast majority of people who are chronically homeless have disabilities. When I asked him to clarify how exactly these people were standing out as "nutjobs" if they weren't presenting with outward signs of mental illness, he told me he had been perfectly clear, and said I was trying to pick a fight.
I think that publishing ableist viewpoints is really the least of Mr. Keith's problems right now. On Friday, he posted some cryptic remarks relating to an interaction with another blogger and strongly implied that he was shutting down his blog. Hey, maybe he'll reappear with a .emo blog address!
I also feel obligated to point out that while I was poking around on his site, I also found that he is "a graduate of Northeastern University, which borders both the South End and Fenway neighborhoods."
Northeastern's property also borders another neighborhood. We even have homes in our neighborhood, some of which are for sale. Our residents create work for real estate agents!
People with disabilities also hire real estate agents. If anyone is looking for a real estate agent who doesn't make disparaging comments about people with disabilities, I'd be glad to recommend the one I used. Let me know.