Had a guy come to the door of rental property I own. Said "food was running short" at his house.
First he asked for work. When told I had none, he asked if I'd meet him at a nearby convenience story and buy him a loaf of bread or some bologna.
He didn't ask for cash.
Would have liked to help. But I don't know what this guy's situation really is. And I can't encourage beggars coming to the front door of a house where a new family is about to move in.
A couple years ago, you might have seen panhandling at the nearby Interstate exit ramp. Maybe some at a bus stop. But never at a front door stoop.
Hard times are evident.
And from my street level view, I see very few - if any - signs to suggest a local economy in recovery.