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March 27th, 2009

Modern Day Shantytowns

Fresno homeless

Found via BAGnews Notes:
Cities Deal With a Surge in Shantytowns
“As the operations manager of an outreach center for the homeless here, Paul Stack is used to seeing people down on their luck. What he had never seen before was people living in tents and lean-tos on the railroad lot across from the center.

“They just popped up about 18 months ago,” Mr. Stack said. “One day it was empty. The next day, there were people living there.”

Like a dozen or so other cities across the nation, Fresno is dealing with an unhappy déjà vu: the arrival of modern-day Hoovervilles, illegal encampments of homeless people that are reminiscent, on a far smaller scale, of Depression-era shantytowns.”


“The surging number of homeless people in Fresno, a city of 500,000 people, has been a surprise. City officials say they have three major encampments near downtown and smaller settlements along two highways. All told, as many 2,000 people are homeless here, according to Gregory Barfield, the city’s homeless prevention and policy manager, who said that drug use, prostitution and violence were all too common in the encampments.”

There’s a photo slideshow that accompanies the article. This is a sad story but an important read.

Posted by Vixen in News

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One Response to “Modern Day Shantytowns”

  1. M says:

    It is sad. But the current administration following the economic policies of the last is only going to make the situation more dire. What we need is a revolution again.

    We need to get back to the representatives government the founders of this country instituted.

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