Major cities around the world are undergoing rapid change under various schemes of urban regeneration, such as gentrification, renovation, and creative city based on the underlying changes in the socio-economic structure. These urban change processes mobilize contradictory outcomes –including opportunities and threats– for urban dwellers. One significant consequence for the low-income groups of the society is the rising condition of homelessness. This note refers to the homelessness in the U.S. and Japan by mentioning a recently published book on the issue, “Better Must Come: Exiting Homelessness in Two Global Cities” (Cornell University Press, 2015) and a field trip to an area in Osaka with concentrated homelessness.
Kirmizi, Meric, 2016, “‘Better Must Come’: Homelessness in Osaka’s Kamagasaki Area,” The Protocity.com, July 11, 2016, (Retrieved December 20, 2016, http://theprotocity.com/homelessness-osaka-kamagasaki/).