- Apr 16, 2014
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Yes, I've read and heard that not being able to drink alcohol, smoke (cigs and pot), and use other drugs is the big obstacle for the homeless to moving to shelters and other types of government housing. If you are addicted to a drug--homeless or not--it's not going to cease from someone telling you to stop. If the city determines that these encampments are a safety issue, then they can be dismantled. In theory, they can set up on other public property, like city hall plaza. It would be interesting to see how they handle that in front of the local news. And now I know why the owner of the Trader Joe's building refused to open up the fence for access a few years ago. He saw a potential problem. The Bayside Trail has never been developed for a use, other than a few wayward joggers. I think if the city built simple long tables with sufficient overhangs along the trail, it could become a kind of meandering food market on select days. Not just a farmer's market, but allowing some of the local population's ethnic foods (with proper permits). But now it's simply an eyesore, and one that probably won't be solved until someone in the city finds some courage to act. I won't hold my breath on that.