Not wanting to be outdone by Seattle, Minneapolis is opening its parks to transients to create city-sanctioned homeless encampents

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis Park Board has voted in favor of making all city parks places of refuge for people experiencing homelessness.

The vote comes after weeks of upheaval for the homeless community. A Midtown hotel was being used as a sanctuary, then was cleared out last week. Since then, hundreds have been living in Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis.

The city is known for its parks, and now they will serve as an escape for many, and will legally be a place of refuge for others.

Vaughn Yaints is living in Powderhorn Park’s growing encampment, which is staffed by volunteers.

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