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Brilliant Bums

One of my favorite complaints about San Francisco is the way it coddles and gives money to filthy, stinking homeless vermin.  Well, following close on San Francisco’s heels is Portland, Oregon.

A one-acre tent city established by Portland’s homeless has won the right to be called a campground, a designation that finally makes it legal.

The 60 residents of the area, called Dignity Village, have battled for four years to gain legal recognition for their encampment of tents, scavenged planks and cardboard boxes, all of which violate the city’s zoning codes if defined as housing.

The campground status, which four of five city officials voted for Thursday, gives them the right to stay in their self-regulated tent city.

“Usually, when I became homeless, I went into the woods,” said the village’s treasurer, Tim McCarthy. “I was all alone—this was the first chance I had to be around other people in the same situation.”

Critics of the tent city argued that the focus should instead be on creating affordable housing, but supporters say that solution would take years to implement.

Dignity Village was founded by eight homeless men and women who decided to pitch five tents on public land, saying they had nowhere else to go. Waiting lists for shelter beds, a recently released study said, is as long as 12 weeks.

The encampment has grown to include its own village council, elected officers, a Web site and nonprofit status.

Astonishing, isn’t it, that these bums have the ability and intelligence to create a city, elect officials, become a nonprofit, create a website, and take their case before the city council, yet somehow they’re incapable of getting jobs and providing for their own welfare.

Posted by Lee on 02/27/04 at 07:49 PM in Left Wing Idiocy • Permalink

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