How our cities’ design drives away the homeless – via Quartz

“Earlier this month, someone tweeted a picture of a series of metal spikes built into the ground outside a London apartment building.

“The spikes were intended to discourage homeless people from sleeping in the area, and their presence sparked a public outcry. London’s mayor called the spikes ‘ugly, self defeating & stupid,’ and the mayor of Montreal called similar spikes in his own city ‘unacceptable!!!!’ Protesters poured concrete over a set of spikes outside of a Tesco supermarket. Then, after a petition was signed by nearly 130,000 people, the spikes were removed from the London apartment building, the Tesco, and downtown Montreal.”

See more here: http://qz.com/224070/how-our-cities-design-drives-away-the-homeless/

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