Under the canopy at the T.J. Maxx store, Glen James sat among the shopping carts, shaded from the late-summer sun. As shoppers bustled through the South Bay plaza Saturday, James proofread a letter, resting on the bag he brings with him when he panhandles.
As he read, James noticed a young man nearby, sitting on an overturned carriage. He had a bag, too, a black backpack at his feet. James went back to his letter.