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District demolishes homeless encampment near Kennedy Center - Source Washington post

Posted on Feb 15,2017
Filed Under News , Community,

A homeless man carries his possessions as he watches authorities clear out a tent encampment beneath the Whitehurst Freeway in Washington. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Source Washington post

By Aaron C. Davis

WASHINGTON, DC. - First the garbage trucks arrived, then the front-end loader, then teams of D.C. sanitation workers armed with shovels and rakes. Within three hours, the small neighborhood of tents and barbecue pits that had become a mainstay this winter for homeless men and women — and a nuisance for neighbors — was gone.

Left dangling on a tree near the end of Whitehurst Freeway, north of the Kennedy Center, were two broken Christmas ornaments.

The bulldozing of the encampment took place where at least 12 people had been staying one night last month during a city count of the homeless.

In the first few months after Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) took office in 2015, Department of Public Works employees repeatedly demolished encampments in Foggy Bottom and around the city’s quickly gentrifying NoMa neighborhood, drawing criticism from some religious leaders and advocates for the poor.

Source Washington post

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