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September 20, 2017

by Nathan Falstreau : hoodline – excerpt

After Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation to allow the city to lease land and create parks beneath elevated freeways maintained by the state’s Department of Transportation, some homeless advocates are not entirely happy with the decision to create parks in the space.

Instead, one told us that the parcels could be used for transitional living space.

“There are thousands upon thousands of unhoused people currently living on CalTrans property in cities throughout California,” said Amy Farah Weiss, founder of the Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge, via text message.

Pointing to Seattle as a successful example of sanctioned encampments, Weiss has advocated for the city to utilize the CalTrans property to develop transitional villages, organized sites where people can stay as they transition from street to home.

Should the bill (AB-857) become law, it would allow up the city to lease ten parcels—controlled by Caltrans—for park, recreational, or open-space purposes at 30 percent of the fair market lease value… (more)

Where are our priorities? Parks under freeways? Really? How healthy is that?

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