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(KVUE Austin)   Not News: New gated community. Still Not News: Will have gardens, theater, chapel. News: For the homeless. FARK: In Texas   (kvue.com) divider line 81
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2013-11-24 12:14:12 PM
Texas authorities: War on brown/black and poor people. Round them up and put them in ghettos. THIS IS HOW IT ALL STARTS.

Actually this is close to fairly liberal Austin, so hopefully this will work out ok for these people. I have good faith it will.

But they will need security and some kind of law enforcement, THEN YOU WILL START SEEING GUARD TOWERS AND SEARCH LIGHTS AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE PROPERTY. AND WAIT, THOSE ARE WAY TOO BIG FOR PIZZA OVENS.
 
2013-11-24 12:19:42 PM
That looks pretty good. I hope they provide some much needed psychological help to the residents. While the physical comforts are certainly a step up and will help, it's the mental help that will finally get many of the homeless back into society.
 
2013-11-24 12:37:03 PM
A pretty good video outlining the project.

If it's already linked on the page I didn't see it
 
2013-11-24 01:10:33 PM

Dinki: That looks pretty good. I hope they provide some much needed psychological help to the residents. While the physical comforts are certainly a step up and will help, it's the mental help that will finally get many of the homeless back into society.


The article states that there will be a medical center on the property to provide mental health services.  I hope it's successful; this is something that a lot of cities and millions of people desperately need.
 
2013-11-24 01:12:48 PM
Sounds like a good idea. It's almost always cheaper in the long run to put a homeless person in a stable home than in a shelter or leave them on the street to use the ER like a walk-in clinic, etc.
 
2013-11-24 01:23:02 PM
Not surprising for Austin.  I hope it works out.
 
2013-11-24 01:29:48 PM
Convenient for pick up opportunities, too.  All centrally located.

"Who wants a bag of empty cans?"
 
2013-11-24 01:44:58 PM
It's all gonna come down to motives....
 
2013-11-24 01:57:24 PM
Does the term Favella come to mind here.
 
2013-11-24 02:45:47 PM
So it's a religious indoctrination project, then?
 
2013-11-24 02:46:15 PM
Isn't that called "jail"?
 
2013-11-24 02:46:38 PM
I hope it works out for them.

For over a decade, there was a community for homeless people in L.A. called Dome Village that had a garden and a library with computers with internet access. It shut down after the landowner who allowed the village to operate jacked up the rent from $2,500 to $18,000 per month, forcing the homeless to leave.

by QUITA CULPEPPER

I once had a cat named Quita. Really.
 
2013-11-24 02:46:52 PM
Speaking of compounds for those without the wherewithal to function among normal people, how is that Citadel thing in Utah (I think it's Utah) progressing? And Glen Beck's colony for fans of gold and penis pills, is that done yet?
 
2013-11-24 02:49:57 PM
Not Fark: Austin
 
2013-11-24 02:50:01 PM
Homeless people catch all the breaks.
 
2013-11-24 02:50:54 PM
Well, now they'll have them all in one place when they're ready to implement Phase II.
 
2013-11-24 02:53:09 PM
Sounds alot like prison?
DNRTFA
 
2013-11-24 02:53:23 PM

Cpl.D: So it's a religious indoctrination project, then?


I'm okay with that if it helps someone get off the street and find a better life.  Not every aspect of religion has to be negative.
 
2013-11-24 02:53:56 PM

edmo: It's all gonna come down to motives....


And when they lock the gates.
 
2013-11-24 02:54:27 PM
It's a trap.

Once they get all the homeless in, they lock the gates and turn it into a "Liberal Hunting Preserve" and let insane tea partiers enter.
 
2013-11-24 02:55:07 PM
get ready for Waco II: Homeless Boogaloo.
 
2013-11-24 02:55:27 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Homeless people catch all the breaks.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-24 02:57:40 PM
It's about time Texas caught up with the rest of the country where this type of thing is already prevalent in all the major cities.
 
2013-11-24 02:57:51 PM
Gated.Uh huh.

The gates are to keep them in, right?
 
2013-11-24 02:58:40 PM
They're partering with the Hotel San Jose to "create a bed-and-breakfast type of model".  Does that mean the homeless people get breakfast?  Or are they going to trick rich people into having romantic getaways in the middle of the homeless area?
 
2013-11-24 03:00:26 PM

"The project has the support of Mayor Lee Leffingwell and a number of local business leaders who believe it will offer what the homeless need most: a chance to get back on their feet."


In this economy I hope it works out. Good luck to them and it's good to see this come together.

 
2013-11-24 03:00:32 PM
If they really want to help the homeless, they have to do it the Darwin way. Every time you give a handout, they expect more and more and give virtually nothing in return.  The socialist system is just fine with sharing money, clothing, food, healthcare and housing, but ask to share some of the work, and they won't do that.
 
2013-11-24 03:01:51 PM

Gifted Many Few: If they really want to help the homeless, they have to do it the Darwin way. Every time you give a handout, they expect more and more and give virtually nothing in return.  The socialist system is just fine with sharing money, clothing, food, healthcare and housing, but ask to share some of the work, and they won't do that.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-24 03:03:29 PM
Seems like the kind of district where a homeless person could really find some sanctuary!
 
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2013-11-24 03:06:28 PM
i235.photobucket.com

© will there be assigned parking or is that extra on the rent?
 
2013-11-24 03:08:38 PM
"Arbeit Macht Frei"?  What does that mean?  Sounds French, or something.
 
2013-11-24 03:13:25 PM

StopLurkListen: Gated.Uh huh.

The gates are to keep them in, right?


Just check out which way the barbed wire on the top of the fence leans.
 
2013-11-24 03:14:08 PM
austin is not TEXAS
 
2013-11-24 03:15:58 PM

Mitrovarr: Seems like the kind of district where a homeless person could really find some sanctuary!


There are nine of them.
 
2013-11-24 03:16:18 PM

Godscrack: Texas authorities: War on brown/black and poor people. Round them up and put them in ghettos. THIS IS HOW IT ALL STARTS.

Actually this is close to fairly liberal Austin, so hopefully this will work out ok for these people. I have good faith it will.

But they will need security and some kind of law enforcement, THEN YOU WILL START SEEING GUARD TOWERS AND SEARCH LIGHTS AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE PROPERTY. AND WAIT, THOSE ARE WAY TOO BIG FOR PIZZA OVENS.


The only sanctioned homeless squatters camp I've ever seen was up in Victoria, BC. Was as nasty as you would expect. This will no doubt follow suit. 90% or so of the homeless are alcoholics, addicts, or crazy, and they aren't as big on keeping up appearances as the rest of the population.
 
2013-11-24 03:16:21 PM
If history taught us anything about free housing, it's that this "community" will be totally trashed in a matter of years.
 
2013-11-24 03:18:19 PM

tanman1975: austin is not TEXAS


You know nothing, Yankee
 
2013-11-24 03:19:17 PM
Fox News buttrage about "THOSE DAMN SHIFTLESS BUMS ARE GETTING BETTER HOUSES THAN HARDWORKING 'MERKINZ!" in 5.....4....3....2....
 
2013-11-24 03:20:53 PM
Looking for Gideon Bell and a high-speed network connection...
 
2013-11-24 03:30:40 PM
Is this anything like the "Projects" in Chicago?
 
2013-11-24 03:31:03 PM
So, work OR we'll set you free?

//china's going to love the area formerly known as austin..
 
2013-11-24 03:37:34 PM

Mitrovarr: Seems like the kind of district where a homeless person could really find some sanctuary!


Gabriel Bell sees what you did there.

static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-11-24 03:41:41 PM
All sounds good, but don't you need a car to go to a drive in theater?
 
2013-11-24 03:43:21 PM

Notabunny: Isn't that called "jail"?


I was thinking "strip mall".
 
2013-11-24 03:55:29 PM
Herd the homeless into a gated community?  Sounds like a good idea.  Let's do that in California--I hear there's some good, solid, and cheap land up in the high desert.

(Kind of serious. When the homeless overrun the town and accost you every day, they stop being tragedies and start being statistics.)
 
2013-11-24 04:07:48 PM

Spirit Hammer: Is this anything like the "Projects" in Chicago?


Those've been gone for a good long while. The last one left, Lathrope, is a good example of how those projects should've been run. This one I'm thinking will end up like:

www.pruitt-igoe.com

Damn good doc on this sorta thing. Pretty much what I expect will happen with this 'project': put the homeless and poor in there, rents go up, welfare gets cut off and rent can't be paid, landlords stop maintaining the place,they  evict people, and then the entropy ensues. It's the case with virtually all projects.
 
2013-11-24 04:16:12 PM
So, round up the homeless and concentrate them in one area, a "concentration camp," if you will...


/as a child, thought the term meant a place where people went to think
//TFA, it's "whose" not "who's" (who is), but that's wrong, too. Should be "where."
 
2013-11-24 04:21:06 PM
I think I found the motivation behind this

"This project is an opportunity if it can flourish and grow to remove the ARCH from downtown," said Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

Lots of urban outdoorsmen in downtown Austin.  I'm guessing this is an attempt to get a big chunk of them out of the business/tourism district.  Will have to be some screening process as I imagine there are a fair number that don't want jobs or to have to live by rules.  That may mean the most incorrigible stay put.
 
2013-11-24 04:26:50 PM

kling_klang_bed: The last one left, Lathrope, is a good example of how those projects should've been run.


I live near the Lathrop Homes. It's one of the oldest "projects" and about the only remaining one (barely, it's almost empty).

It was never a ghetto. We never feared the area. I think probably because it's small - three-story buildings. The site will probably be flattened for $400K+ condos soon.

Too bad. It was a rare example of successful low income housing.
 
2013-11-24 04:35:13 PM

Notabunny: Isn't that called "jail"?


That's what I thought. Prisons have all those things.
 
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