Pigeon Deterrence/Homeless Deterrence
Pigeon spikes are designed to keep bothersome pigeons from comfortably perching on ledges and other surfaces.
Homeless spikes are designed to keep bothersome homeless human beings from sleeping on the ground.
Here’s more from The Guardian:
Metal studs have been installed outside a block of flats in central London to deter rough sleepers.
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.
I remember thinking about this issue last year, when I started noticing chain-link fencing going up under Missoula bridges. I’m assuming the intent is similar to the homeless spikes.
I also remember reading an article about homelessness and transportation infrastructure:
In January of 2010, 109 homeless people were known to be living in the Baldock Rest Area just off Interstate 5 on the southern edge of metropolitan Portland. They were lured – but for entirely differently reasons – by the same amenities that make the wayside a popular one for passing tourists: its hot and cold running water, its ample parking, the private shade of its Douglas Fir trees.
The homeless community, made up of self-described “Baldockeans,” was in many ways self-regulating and stable. One man who’d lived there 17 years considered himself the “mayor” of Baldock. Other members regularly coordinated community meals or car trips to a nearby truck stop. At times when children were living in the encampment, a school bus actually stopped there to pick them up. And when disputes arose over the prime panhandling spot near the restrooms, the community worked out an equitable schedule to share it.
But for all of the compelling details of how this ad hoc community had created its own social structure, what stands out most about this story is its setting. For a variety of reasons, the homeless often wind up living amid transportation infrastructure: rest areas, roadside rights-of-way, the underside of highway bridges, train stations or even moving train cars or buses.
It’s sad watching efforts to reduce places where homeless people can exist. Maybe it would be different if there was adequate resources being deployed to get people off the streets. But there’s not.
Instead, homeless spikes. Good job society.