Re: Denver's Expanding City-Run Campsites

Peter Finley Fry

I want to express my appreciation for this medium of education and communication.


I believe that the underlying cause of homelessness is the fragmentation of community in our nation; ironically caused by the fact that our nation is composed of refugees from all the nations of the world trying to find a way to restore their cultures and form new communities in this “promised land”.


This forum is an important part of bringing us together.  Thank you.   




Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP

Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

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From: Elise Aymer via
Sent: Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:11 AM
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] Denver's Expanding City-Run Campsites


I am sharing a news video on Denver's City-run campsites - that they've been deploying across their city and expanding since the pandemic, as it's likely to be referenced as a model in Portland and elsewhere.



This is a mainstream (NBC) news segment so it doesn't delve into what's happening in detail or fully examine ramifications. I also didn't find it properly presented the bigger picture either or ask the important "whys." In other words, a great deal of context and analysis are missing. 


So, in posting this, I'm expecting it to be useful in providing a brief view (literally) of what's happening there and a starting point for finding out more. Once something like this (in a western city) is being featured in the mainstream, national news, I expect it to assume more prominence in the discussion in Portland.





Elise Aymer
Co-founder, Critical Diversity Solutions

Pronouns: She/her



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