Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Miami government building
installs spikes to ward off the homeless

In the courtyard of downtown Miami's Stephen P. Clark Government Center, there's a big, dry fountain where homeless folks sit and hang out.

But county workers recently cordoned off the thing with yellow plastic while they outfit the perimeter — traditionally the seating surface — of the fountain with metal rods.

County spokesperson Suzy Trutie denies that the "renovation" has anything to do with the homeless. "What it's about," she insists, "is constantly updating and refurbishing all of our buildings."

"Yeah, but they look something like spikes," writes the Miami New Times. "And they feel a lot like spikes. Yes, we tried to sit on them. They hurt our butt."

Read the New Times report here.


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