I have been noticing some changes around here (I live just outside of Los Angeles, California, U.S.) lately which are very sad! There are 10 people outside of shopping markets and such asking for money when a year or two ago there were 1 or 2. There are lines of up to 20-30 people at the local recycling center, turning in plastic, cardboard and soda cans, when there used to be maybe 3 or 4. There are dozens of people coming around taking recyclable material from our garbage cans every week now, when I used to see maybe 1 or 2 on very few occasions. Also, a few of them are going through the garbage can which has old food in it. What have you noticed where you live? Anything similar or different that indicates how poverty stricken the population has become?