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Beneath the Bright Lights

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, March 23, 2007, at 07:17AM
200 E. 6th St. Eric Richardson [Flickr]

As I mentioned a couple days ago, Cartifact just put up the tenth homeless map. It fascinates me to watch how the population shifts and changes every two weeks and to try and speculate what's driving certain moves.

In the March 15th map there's a major spot of density on the 200 block of East 6th street, between Los Angeles and Maple. In the photo you can see the tents that line the street past Los Angeles.

Several months ago bright street lights were put on that block. It wouldn't surprise me if those lights were actually encouraging the homeless to sleep there by providing a sense of safety. Surely the massively wide sidewalks in that stretch don't hurt either, but I have to wonder if the lights might be working a purpose they weren't intended for.

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