Seattle plans to regulate three tent cities as homelessness becomes commonplace in America  In an effort to control a growing homeless population that has become increasingly disruptive for Seattle’s commuters and residents, Mayor Ed Murray is urging the development and legalization of three tent cities. Such areas would provide the homeless with shelter while keeping them away from heavily traveled walkways and public spaces. He says the change, which would be overseen not by the city but by social service organizations, would make legal something that’s drawn controversy in the area. It would keep the homeless safe while also allowing residents and commuters to travel without dodging people in sleeping bags or being subjected to the stomach-churning odors of urine and fecal matter. “It bothers me because it’s very sad and unfortunate,” said commuter Margo Dannemiller. Of the homeless she sees daily, she added, “They’re lighting fires in there. They’re urinating and defecating. It’s unpleasant, but mostly I just wish they had another option.”(1) Many share Dannemiller’s thoughs, seeking safer and more hygienic standards for the public — both homeless and non-homeless alike.  “In recent months, more illegal encampments have popped up on our streets and sidewalks than ever before and the need for alternative spaces has grown immensely,” Murray wrote. A one-night estimate, for example, found that over 3,000 people were living on the streets of the city and its surrounding areas.(2) However, opponents of the proposed idea suggest that the idea won’t necessarily keep people safe, but rather likely cause the problem to escalate. Others, who have suggested allowing the homeless to stay in community centers, have met resistance. Of this idea, Murray says that such centers should continue to focus on the needs of children and senior citizens; tent cities should be specifically set aside to manage the needs of homeless people. More