Re: And in the year 2022
The homeless problem is really an issue of climate -- many places you can't live outdoors year round, its too hot or too cold. Its one other reason to live here - you save a fortune on your utility bills, especially if you've solar panels and drought tolerant landscaping.
Our daugher was in the oil business; she spent four or five years in Midland/Odessa. In the oil patch; landscape of thorn bushes and pumpjacks. The air had a nice niff of oil and the water was undrinkable (and you couldn't wash in it). Eventually she was tranferred to Houston. Large, not very nice climate to live in and then the hurrican hit. She was lucky, she ended up living on an island so was able to escape in her truck (you don't have cars in TX). There are other garden spots -- Amarillo, for example. All inexpensive. Ish. Housing costs ebb and flow with business dynamics; the daughter's not in the oil business any more, she got out before the latest bust cycle.
The thing is, nearly everyone who tells me that Califrornia is finished doesn't live here. They say its expensive, citing taxes and stuff, and completely neglect the raft of fees that they pay in lieu of taxes where they live (no taxes/fees, no service -- there's no magic to this). I'm quite happy to let people think that the place stinks, its crowded enough in places as it is so the fewer who come here the better I like it.
(PS -- I defy anyone to find anything in Dallas/Fort Worth)