Friday, January 16, 2009

Date Set for Tent City Closure...Again

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 6:10 AM

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We are destined to do the "Closing Tent City Tango" forever

The constantly soon-to-be-shuttered Tent City has been given yet another expiration date. The Homelessness Commission recommended Mayor Karl Dean close the encampment by June 1. Social services have attempted to help residents gather the trappings of societal life--social security cards, birth certificates, etc--which I imagine is no simple task. Housing units for the chronically homeless--dig the medical terminology--will be available soon, but I'm sure there are some holdouts who will ride this thing until Metro sweeps the place.

The camp, located on the Cumberland River beneath a bridge, hit the police radar last year when drunken revelry turned violent. A man was stabbed as he walked away from a Tent City party--we spoke with a man present at the part in a story published last fall. When police took a closer look, they noticed the sanitation left much to be desired. Since then, it's been one deadline after another. Proof's in the pudding, I guess.

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