I originally posted this on Facebook, but wanted to capture this on the camp blog both for visitors to read and for archival purposes. Below, my post in its entirely after the September 19, 2019 meeting of the Committee of the Whole.
Franklin Hiawatha encampment update: I wrote this as a number of people asked me what happened at the city council meeting today. This is intended as a "just the facts" overview.
The two proposed sites are owned by the City: the Roof Depot site at 1860 E 28th St, and a property at 2600 Minnehaha Avenue. One is an empty lot, the other a parking lot. Both would be configured with large trailers to house people and provide sanitation facilities, service facilities, etc. Both sites would cost the same to transform into a Navigation Center and run for one year - about $2 million. But there's one big catch.