“Rough sleeping” in London

 

The story via the Guardian:

The installation of the studs outside the flats on Southwark Bridge Road provoked widespread condemnation on Twitter with users claiming homeless people were being treated like vermin because similar metal spikes are used to deter pigeons.

Residents told the Telegraph that the studs were installed outside the flats in the last month to prevent homeless people from sleeping in the doorway.

Reshaping the urban environment to exclude undesirable citizens is nothing new. For some folks such spatial segregation is a feature, not a bug, of designing urban spaces. And as Aviva Shen notes several cities in the U.S. are pursuing their own exclusionary practices to hide homelessness, despite the practical (not to mention moral) legitimacy in just providing stable housing to those who need it.

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