Ok... this may not be the most politically correct topic - lol. AND I ASK IN A LIGHT-HEARTED WAY - where have you encoutered the smelliest homeless. We can all pick on the homeless, after all in this "ObamaNation" we are fighting back STRONGLY AGAINST, New Jersey is NOW a REPUBICAL STATE (unheard of) and many many more.
But I have traveled about 15 states in the US, and two island countries. I know with absolute certainy that the homeless in WASHINGTON, DC around the subway (more prevailent around Smithsonian through Dupont Circle stops.
I was there in 2001 with Fred (young man I mentored then) we stayed in Chevy Chase, Maryland and had an easy 10 minute subway ride to nearly anywhere in DC.
We got only this one car, and it was October, and this homeless guy was 4 rows behind us and on the other side of the train - he smelled of death, like a body you'd find 10 days after they died in a house with no AC - yuck.
I scooped Fred by the arm, moved as far forward as we could away, we got off at the next stop and waited for the next train - it was like the chiller in an autopsy room went out on Friday night, and you walked in on Monday morning (hope that ain't too graphic :-P) just trying to share my trip - lol.
So, we have several people who travel and everyone who may have an opinion as I do about what tourists are in suprise for - and that is only on sense, imagine all of the going off at the smell of the dead guy on the train who walked and talked as we do - I can't imagine how long he had worn those 4 coats he was wearing, I saw the stench of sweat ver body odor or months - it was quite traumaic for me - joking of course.
So our nations Capitol has the smelliest homeless I have come across, but it is unfair, there is rarely 2 per subway escalator, one is a young mom with a baby in her arm and the other in a carrage. The second homeless is a guy, he has no skill, can't even say thank you if someone did put a dollar in his can. These kinda folks are everywhere though, I'm sure everyone in every fieldd (somewhere) would also near rock bottom.
Sad thing is though (I read this years ago now) the average subway begger in DC earns about $130,000 a year and could easily rent a brown stone apartment and live in luxury - where does that money go - man.