Don’t displace the homeless
Regarding the Feb. 15 Metro article “District demolishes encampment”:
I am puzzled by the logic of removing homeless people from their de facto residence — under the Whitehurst Freeway. There have always been people under the freeway. I first encountered the encampment when I was fresh out of college and riding my bike everywhere 30 years ago.
The notion that the homeless who lived there were encroaching on a public space is a joke — there was no easy way to access those tents because they were discreetly situated in a place with very few pedestrians. You had to go out of your way to get to them. Nor were most of the tents visible from any road. There’s a difference between removing piles of trash and removing people without a new place that is acceptable to them. Guess which one the District chose to do. So much for mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris’s logic: “The health and well-being of all District residents, including individuals experiencing homelessness as well as those who access the public space, is an important principle.” Whitney Redding, Falls Church