Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New tension over street camping in Denver

Via @NLCHP, Denver may now ban street camping. From a San Francisco perspective, it's amazing that they allow it in the first place: the news story says people are now "allowed to sleep on public rights of way," and lately more are doing so. Here in SF, sleeping per se isn't prohibited except at certain hours in parks, but most of it's covered by a combination of ordinances against sitting on sidewalks, trespassing, living in vehicles, "obstructing the sidewalk," or maintaining structures in parks, and the famous state "lodging in public" law.

In Denver, Councilman Albus Brooks, sponsor of the no-camping ordinance, says "We have been incredibly compassionate, wanting people to get on their feet... But..." Always ominous words.

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