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Old 06-17-2016, 08:48 PM   #1
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Boondocking in Durango becoming limited

Only takes a few to ruin it for the rest of us...http://www.durangoherald.com/article...round-closures
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:29 PM   #2
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This is becoming a much larger problem than most people realize. It's damn near impossible to take any action regarding the homeless thanks to the ACLU threats against the city. Begging is a form of free speech and to prevent the homeless from laying on the sidewalks with a sign asking for donations is to deny their First Ammendment rights.

Boondocking in Lower Hermosa and west of Silverton is also now restricted.
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:42 AM   #3
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Sad, on so many levels.


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Homeless, transient -

Quite a few people on this forum fit that description.

The problem isn't homelessness - it's abusing the rules or abusing the environment with trash or waste. Shutting down access is cheaper than enforcement, and we don't really want "those people" there anyway, amiright?
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Well ummm - we live here in Durango and yes it is those who are taking up residence in these campgrounds - the rules have been hard to enforce - it is really a sad situation
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:52 PM   #6
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Boondocking in Durango becoming limited

We have a similar problem around Sacramento. Two rivers meet in Sacramento, the American and the Sacramento, and the parkways along both rivers are the primary sources of recreation and beauty in this area. Boating, bicycling, hiking, horse riding, and unfortunately, a growing number of homeless encampments. It is illegal for anyone to camp in the parkways, so it is hard to see how it is discriminating against the homeless who set up their temporary living quarters there. But there is at least one well known local attorney who has taken up their cause, making it almost impossible to evict them. Park rangers can't evict them without a posted warning giving them a few days to move out, which generally results in their relocating a mile or so away, requiring a new posted warning. Rangers can't haul away their stuff without storing it somewhere where they can claim whatever they want to keep. So it is a growing population which is a source of crime, drugs, and harassment of other people hiking or biking through their areas. Wish their was something we could do about it, but it is a problem that seems to be getting worse rather than better.
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So what's happening is families are afraid to camp in these spots which makes the problem worse -
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Here's another one in Colorado:
http://gazette.com/homeless-camps-de...rticle/1578403
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