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Denver’s ‘unauthorized camping ban’ turns 10, but has it made a difference?

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Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Jerry Burton leads a march protesting ten years of Denver’s urban camping ban, the last day in a week of events decrying the “decade of doom.” May 14, 2022.

Ten years ago, May 17, 2012, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock signed a bill to ban unauthorized camping in the city. It’s a policy critics said criminalized homelessness. The ban is still in effect, even as the number of people experiencing homelessness has multiplied. Denverite’s Kyle Harris has been looking into the ban’s widely debated history and where things stand today.