Homeless man's camp hidden in decorative tube atop train station


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/12/homeless-mans-camp-hidden-in.html


#2

Probably not that great in the rain but a nice hidden place to pick.


#3

This is the kind of place I imagine myself in at night. How did he get IN there? I see a ladder to get out - does he use it to get in as well?


#4

For the snitch…Christ, what an asshole.


#5

This is the worst remake of “Hugo” ever.


#6

well done


#7

That looks like an awful lot of dirt for something on a roof.

Here’s Google’s street view of the location:


So the ground level does look like it’s being used- at least there’s a door or two.


#8

The police department said “homelessness is not a crime,”

It’s just that many things you do in order to survive while homeless are.


#9

One night, cap it with a silo roof painted blue to match. Anyone who noticed would probably shrug it off.


#10

I’ve noticed any kind of “no-man’s land” in or around a major city is basically a homeless refuge, or else a spot for drug addicts to shoot up (sometimes both, obviously). I’ve taken to spotting hidden locations as a hobby, but this one takes the cake. I would’ve assumed there was something on top that would preclude anyone from camping there-- antennae, vents, smokestack.


#11

Kind of a shame the poor guy got ratted out by a Concerned Citizen. Doing the best he could most likely and sure wasn’t doing any harm. Leave the guy alone for Christ sake or better yet make it a little better for him. He had a nice snug little world until some mouth flapped loose.


#12

There’s the law as written, and then there’s the law as it is enforced. It’s not homelessness that’s treated as a crime, it’s poverty. To stop punishing the poor for existing… That would take what would be called a “revolution of values.”


#13

He might have had better luck with a bright, reflective vest. People would assume he’s cleaning the roof, or something.


#14

If it had wi-fi…


#15

It’s probably just gravel on tar. Also, probably really hot up there in the summer.


#16

“In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.” —Anatole France


#17

The police department said “homelessness is not a crime…”

It’s the Big Rock Candy Mountain! I’m home!


#18

I wonder what it would have taken to make the camp “safe” from the perspective of the police department. Especially considering that it looks a lot more safe than most street level camps I’ve seen


#19

A bicycle lock seems to be the only missing piece. The patience to wait for a ladder to get out makes me think this isn’t a drug addict.


#20

Let me fix that quote for you.
" Homelessness is not a crime, but we wish it was"