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No easy solutions for tent camps
in Minneapolis parks, county official says

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 7/11/2020 11:10:50 AM

Homelessness is driving the growth of tent camps in Minneapolis parks — and COVID-19 is making the situation worse, a key Hennepin County official says. The numbers have jumped significantly in recent weeks at Powderhorn Park, where the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says there are more than 500 tents in the park, with around 280 people living. “It’s a straight increase in the number of people who are experiencing homelessness in our community right now,” said David Hewitt, the county’s senior administrator of housing stability, told MPR News. Officials are struggling to keep people safe in the camps, which

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There are over 500 tents now, but park board now insists only 280 squatters are living there after park employees initially estimated 800. No matter the number, the crisis is spiraling out of control.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ROLFNader 7/11/2020 11:22:50 AM (No. 474655)
Maybe you could convince the brainiacs in BLM that the squatters are Trump voters. Don't hesitate to ask my advice anytime on any of these weighty matters.....
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Reply 2 - Posted by: brother ram 7/11/2020 11:22:51 AM (No. 474656)
Hang on until Dec - let Mother Nature take care of the "campers". The dirt bags will migrate to warmer climes, then return in the spring.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bpl40 7/11/2020 11:26:36 AM (No. 474661)
Yes there is. It is called the 101st Airborne - the Screaming Eagles.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 7/11/2020 11:31:09 AM (No. 474674)
Democrat-run places are always such charming hellholes.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: padiva 7/11/2020 11:34:16 AM (No. 474683)
Do you want to solve the homeless problem that you let fester? Invite a few homeless people to stay in the homes of the city council members and city officials. They can house them, feed them, clothe them, coddle them and read them bedtime stories.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bad-hair 7/11/2020 11:35:12 AM (No. 474687)
First the reporting doesn't make sense. It says 500 tents with 280 people. That's about 2 tents per person. Is the second one a vacation home ? The solution is that Minnesota is a big place. Move them to that open land outside the city limits. They can set up an autonomous zone without police until November.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 7/11/2020 11:46:11 AM (No. 474710)
First -- 280 people in 500 tents. I see that you can get rid of 220 tents right off. FTA:"Currently, people without permanent homes are living in a total of 38 parks. " LOL! "No easy solutions".....only if you are stupid or you actually WANT them there for political reasons. It is purely a matter of will. Mr. Hewitt doesn't WANT to solve this. There have always been bums, but we haven't always catered to them and let them ruin things for everyone else. The average low in November is 26F, the average for December is 12F, the average for January is 8F. They'll be gone soon enough, I think. By October that will be behind them, a couple of inches of snow will take the fun right out of camping in the park.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 7/11/2020 12:02:27 PM (No. 474740)
Send them all to San Francisco where they will be put up in fancy hotels with free room service for drugs and alcohol.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: IowaDad 7/11/2020 12:09:55 PM (No. 474747)
Simple: Drive vagrant to the bus station. Give the bus driver $100. He asks "what's that for?" Answer "take him wherever he wants to go". Give bus driver another $100. He asks "what's that for?" Answer "Don't bring him back!"
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Grounded 7/11/2020 12:43:46 PM (No. 474772)
Minnesotans keep voting for democrats. It is a great way to improve the quality of life in your state.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: MissGrits 7/11/2020 12:54:30 PM (No. 474790)
Winter will cure the wringing hands that is going on at present!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: The Remnants 7/11/2020 1:23:43 PM (No. 474826)
How about the people who bought homes in that area, specifically because they were so close to the park where the children could play, as well as the teens and adults.. Not one mention about those poor taxpayers who have to find someplace else to go now to have fun.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Luandir 7/11/2020 2:33:17 PM (No. 474899)
Send in the Social Workers!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 7/11/2020 3:17:09 PM (No. 474931)
Only 280 people? One big tent with cots wold take care of it. Keep out the drugs and coach them into being able to support themselves, maybe help them with rents for a while. If they don't agree enforce the law about camping in the park and stop feeding them.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 7/11/2020 4:19:51 PM (No. 474965)
No solutions, huh. How about flamethrowers?
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Reply 16 - Posted by: OhioNick 7/11/2020 4:52:14 PM (No. 474985)
For the second post. In a just world, the mayor of Minneapolis would simply send an invoice to George Soros.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: bigfatslob 7/11/2020 6:41:20 PM (No. 475065)
It's summer camp and all fun until winter comes the problem will take care of itself.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: dirtyjersey 7/11/2020 7:11:05 PM (No. 475106)
No easy solutions? Put a Statue in the middle of the park, and the loser leftists will crowd them out. When there are no gluten-free vegan soy lattes, they will leave.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: or gate 7/11/2020 7:17:15 PM (No. 475113)
Campers? They are squatters.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 7/11/2020 10:17:36 PM (No. 475225)
Easy solution. You can't camp here...move or we will arrest you! There...fixed the problem for you!
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