Yesterday, I was having dinner with some friends when this matter came up and they were blown away by my opinion on it. To be honest, I see this as a perfectly reasonable reaction to a government that has been funded for DECADES to ensure that homelessness is a thing of the past. The government has failed in this instance and it is now up to business owners to protect their investment. I agree that what was actually installed seems crude and unwelcoming, however, the message got across better with the spikes. All of the people complaining about the morality of it probably don't have to deal with homeless people sleeping in their front doors. If they did? They'd ask for the homeless to be forcibly removed from the premises if they won't move on their own. I think government should be taken to task on this matter and something must be done to either improve the chances to end homelessness or make it so business owners do not have to take these measures. In short, the spikes have caused healthy debate about the state, it's role in ensuring homelessness is reduced and the measures business owners should take to remove bad publicity.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK