"They may begin petty crime, such as stealing food or clothing, as a means of meeting basic needs unmet at home. They are often hungry. What they do is based in necessity and often endures, but in addition to this a culture of behavior emerges. This 'street culture' may also develop out of other less tangible needs such as solidarity, self-expression, and a sense of identity." RAINER CHLANDA writes about the children many see as the town's major problem. DRAWING by Tamara Cornthwaite.