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How Cities Use Design to Drive Homeless People Away

from The Atlantic

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 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. more


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