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Sun Dec 30, 2018, 02:26 PM

Across a diverse landscape, L.A's hidden homeless live hard lives in fanciful 'homes'

More than 20 years ago, Charles Ray Walker spotted green bamboo shoots growing along a drab warehouse by the Los Angeles River in Boyle Heights. A Texan, Walker turned a wedge of urban wasteland into a wildly colorful wonderland of vegetables and thousands of toys arrayed along carved, earthen terraces.

He built a shack under the shade of a tree and even a home entertainment room with a television set and sofa.

Largely hidden from the world, “Bamboo Charlie” nevertheless welcomed visitors, taking pride in the awe that his creation inspired. And yet, Walker was a homeless man whose life was weighed down under the hardship that came from living how he did. He suffered from terribly painful ulcers, had to defend his turf from other homeless people and in the end, at 61, died alone, gaunt and curled up in his fanciful home.

When people think of the homeless, their mind often takes them to standard images of who they are and where they supposedly live. Splayed out on the concrete of skid row; inside of tents lining major boulevards or underpasses; scrunched in a fetal position with a thin blanket in the doorway of a business late at night or early in the dewy morning. But such is the diversity of Southern California’s landscapes that there is a scarcely a corner of the region that homeless men and women have not adapted to. They take pride in their creations, however dystopian or unfortunate.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hidden-homeless-20181230-htmlstory.html

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Zorro Dec 2018 OP
Demovictory9 Dec 2018 #1
2naSalit Dec 2018 #2
Demovictory9 Dec 2018 #4
ismnotwasm Dec 2018 #3
Zoonart Dec 2018 #5
smirkymonkey Dec 2018 #7
ismnotwasm Dec 2018 #8
Hermit-The-Prog Dec 2018 #10
mia Dec 2018 #6
empedocles Dec 2018 #9
2naSalit Dec 2018 #11
akraven Dec 2018 #12

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 02:34 PM

1. while caught in traffic jams, you can spot the "fanciful homes" along freeways and roads

up hillsides along the freeways and in the bushes.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 03:13 PM

2. Was just down in

that area for Thanksgiving, man they are everywhere. You can't go "exploring" like we id when I was young anymore. Anyplace there's vegetation to hide in, there are homeless hovels whether in town or out in the outskirts. The weather is easier to survive than places like Montana so lots of homeless head for the desert. In San Diego, the beaches are lined with old RVs and tents and sad looking cars, all homeless people trying to survive.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 03:25 PM

4. yep.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 03:15 PM

3. Hepatitis A is spreading like wildfire

More than one homeless person has created beauty out of what they have, but sanitation is lacking. We need to do better for our fellow humans

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 03:28 PM

5. No American should have to live like this.

I see some tiny home movements springing up, but mental health care, universal health, and universal basic income are coming as a global reality. Humanity must come to grips with the end of jobs as a global human a crisis.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 03:43 PM

7. +1000

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 04:22 PM

8. We have a tiny hone community in North Seattle

Drugs, shooting and overdoses started almost immediately. Housing is merely the first step. There are successful transitional housing programs, but they are, of course, underfunded. More people want to complain and blame the homeless than help.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 06:29 PM

10. health care for all humans

I'd rather my taxes be spent on health care than bullets and boulevards.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 03:36 PM

6. "After my visit with Bamboo Charlie, it is the simple pleasures in life that can be most rewarding."

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 04:34 PM

9. Under the Capitol ramp [in DC] are densely populated homeless 'homestead'

communities.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 07:59 PM

11. And these are just the ones who decided to hunker down in one spot

there are a lot more homeless who are mobile and hard to identify. I was one of the mobile type last year and into this year, nobody knew unless I told them because I didn't "look" homeless. What you see here is the tip of the iceberg.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 09:27 PM

12. There are many "homeless" who aren't.

I hope everyone reads the article, it's excellent. Our homeless here are given free motel rooms in winter, with one requirement - keep them clean. That's it. No requirement for no drugs (pot is legal) or booze. And it works. Much better than finding a person dead under a bridge at 30 below.

Most have slight mental/physical problems taken care of by the local shelters/free clinics. I don't mind donating at all.

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