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  • “and can be claim in person…”

  • 45 days? Throw it out now and save the 45$.

    No person be claim that stuff now, so why hold it?

  • I consider that sign to be visual blight.

  • Wow. A posted sign and 3 weeks’ notice to clean up a bunch of stuff left sitting, mostly unattended, on the street corner for weeks??? Unbelievable.

    With all due sympathy to the guy whose stuff this is, it’s not his corner to squat. It shouldn’t require ANY amount of ministerial effort/best intentions at due process on DC’s part to clean this up, much less this amount of effort. If anything, have a cop come by, find the guy, and tell him he has until tomorrow to get his stuff off the street. After that, pick it up just like any bulk items left on the curb. What a ridiculous waste of municipal resources to deal with one guy who is generally known in the area.

  • This isn’t the first time that this guys stuff has been cleared from the corner. Actually, it may be the third.

  • Depite ^Anonymous being kind of an asshole, I agree that this is a pretty big mess. The guy is actually there all the time so it won’t be hard to talk to him. Given it’s proximity to the mission, I’m sure someone has offered him help in the past. His pile of tarps and pieces of wood has been there for at least a year; worst of all, it basically forms a wall around a FIRE HYDRANT. I’m shocked that it hasn’t been removed sooner for, ya know, safety.

    • Guilty as charged. (What can I say? DC has uncovered the limits of my tolerance for big-hearted but empty-headed approaches to obvious problems, and it does it time and time again. From what little I know about this guy/pile of trash — all of it off this blog — he seems neither to be looking for help nor interested in going places where he claims a home. That’s all well and good, but it is not a basis for a self-granted license to leave his stuff on a public street corner indefinitely. Nor is it a reason for the District to put its head in the sand and act like this is a problem of general clean-up in the area instead of one guy’s crap.) (And heaven help me if, as a taxpayer, I end up paying for a 45-day storage unit rental for this stuff. Then, I’ll become a whole ass.)

    • The fire hydrant on the corner of my street was tagged with an “Out of Service” sign for about two years and is frequently blocked by illegally parked cars on the weekends.

      Keeping fire hydrant space cleared and hydrants in working order isn’t exactly a priority for the District. Just saying.

  • Doesn’t the stuff belong to a homeless gentleman that was featured on PoP last year?

    • The guy is just going to rebuild his nest. I believe we should use some kind of hobo pestidcide or the hippie method of providing him with a job and affordable housing.

    • me

      Yes, the Canadian Indian, I was thinking the same thing. Somewhere in the article it encouraged us to bring him fresh fruit, because he likes it. And there was an outpouring of sympathy and people saying that he was a super nice guy. Now, everyone wants his crap gone.

  • The sad part is that in DC there is no meaningful help available for the guy who lives on that corner, and who clearly could use some mental health care. And the sadder part is that so many of you don’t seem to give a damn that another human being is in that condition.

    • He has been offered help in the past. And while it’s sad that he’s suffering from mental illness, he’s blocking a fire hydrant and keeps his pee bottles on the sidewalk.

    • Cue the violins. Marry/civil union him, get him on your health plan, and save him. Invite him into your home.

      If you are reduced in circumstances, you are necessarily reduced in options. Money = options. No money = no options. This is how things are. This will not be changing anytime soon. If someone turns down help, then the consequences are on his or her head, not on my sidewalk.

      If only there was an adage of some sort to express the idea that those that subsist off of others cannot dictate the conditions of their subsistence.

    • I think what you meant to say is that the sad part is there’s no compulsory mental health services available. Not to make light of the situation, but the guys in the van need to come by and take this guy off to a mental institution where he should be treated–whether he likes it or not–until he can take care of himself. This is what a civilized people do.

      And, no, taking a giant shit on DC’s public spaces is neither a Constitutional right nor should it be considered “taking care of oneself.”

      • +1 for caring for sick people. We don’t expect bed-ridden cancer patients to take of and cure themselves. Why treat brain-sick people different?

        Or better yet, let’s all enjoy a $12 tax cut.

  • Bravo! I think the readers of PoP could run this city using common sense and an extended lunch hour.

    PS – Anyone who believes that he simply chooses to live on the corner, with his urine and assorted tarps, should get evaluated for mental illness.

  • I am assuming, of course, that the previous poster was correct in stating he’d been offered some kind of help and refused it.

    • Which probably means he is suffering from mental illness. How many alcoholics refuse treatment when offerred? The sad part is that it took this long to get the city’s attention. Aren’t there laws that allow for involuntary commitment to a mental health facility? I’m sure with his illness treated and manageable he could be able to take control of his life, get a job and pay taxes.

      • Only for something like 72 hours – if I remember correctly you can’t commit someone against their will unless they are a danger to themselves or others, which this guy is not.

  • Why do they use a permanent-looking sign for something that will only be posted for a few weeks? Why not use a paper sign similar to temporary no-parking signs.

  • @Eckingtonite: you should, as an unconditional rule, accept everything you read on the Internet as fact.

  • Good riddance!

  • I would (ignorantly) assume that there are some social services that pay attention to this sort of plight; does anyone know how this sort of situation ranks in terms of concern — e.g., is this an acute situation, or just one of many? Clearly there are similar situations throughout the city .. is this a case of a systemic failure to support the need out there due to overwhelming demand, or inattention/incompentence?

  • Dude has more shit than me.

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