In Photos: Denver Clears Out Another Homeless Camp

April 30, 2020
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A man who gave his name as Robert listens as a city worker checks on him. Denver authorities and city workers descended on several square blocks near Champ-a and 22nd streets on April 30, 2020, to clear out a tent city that had grown over the past few weeks.

In another act in the city's long and contentious handling of its homeless population, Denver police and city workers descended on a sidewalk camp centered around Champa and 22nd streets in downtown Thursday morning, methodically urging those living there to pack up their belongings and move along.

City spokeswoman Nancy Kuhn said the cramped living conditions there were "increasingly hazardous."

Faith leaders stood nearby as witnesses. Advocates for homeless rights sometimes shouted in protest as they trailed police officers recording videos on their phones. Public Works and sanitation workers moved through the scene, offering guidance on how their work would unfold. The scene was largely peaceful and calm — although those living on the sidewalks expressed resignation and forlorn indignation about the way they were being treated.

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A man collects his belongings. The homeless camp was centered on Champa and 22nd, but stretched along sidewalks in every direction for many blocks.
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A city worker at right speaks with a man comes at the window of his tent.
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A sanitation worker taped off a block for cleanup.
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Denver authorities and city workers descended on several square blocks near Champ-a and 22nd streetson April 30, 2020, to clear out a tent city that had grown over the past few weeks.
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City workers fold up a tent at the homeless camp.
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The encampment was centered on Champa and 22nd, but stretched along sidewalks in every direction for many blocks.
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A man who gave his name as Petar sweeps the street in front of his tent.
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Petar, in the brown coveralls, walks in front of tents pitched along 22nd street.
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Petar says he’s not sure where he’ll go after being evicted from a tent on 22nd street — but he didn’t think it would be far.
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Petar talks with Denver Fire Dept. members on 22nd street.
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Garbage was left all over the area, including leftover food.
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A man looks out of the Salvation Army building at a packed-up tent and personal belongings stacked by someone living on the street.
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Denver paramedics check on a man camped on 22nd street.
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Denver paramedics check on a man camped on 22nd street.
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City workers handed out large orange plastic bags into which people at the homeless camp could put personal belongings.
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David Scott was among those being moved on from the homeless camp.
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A sidewalk sweeper maneuvers in to position just a few feet from tents that will soon be taken down.
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A motorized wheelchair is all that’s left on the spot where a half-dozen tents once stood.
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A bicycle decorated near a collection of tents.