RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Nov. 29, 2007 at 2:37pm

K-Mart's Creepy Hobo Encampments in Pierce County, WA

'Heart of Darkness' tour by Stacy Emerson

From The New Takhoman: "The video provides a tour of 10 homeless camps spanning 3 vacant parcels located behind Kmart at 72nd St E and Portland Avenue East. It delves into the crime associated with the residents of the camps, including heroine use, biohazard waste, accumulated solid waste and worse, a plea scribbled on the detached truck bed which offers drugs and money in exchange for sex with a child--boy or girl, under the age of 10.

Several days later Ms. Emerson started receiving a few emails from local elected officials, the most recent from Pierce County Councilmember Barbara Gelman who invited Ms. Emerson to attend the special joint meeting between Pierce County's Public Safety & Humane Services Committee (PSHS) and Tacoma City's PSHS committee which was scheduled by Tacoma City in response to the issue raised by the video. The meeting is open to the public, and all interested parties are encouraged to attend."

Thursday, November 29th at 5:00 p.m.
Tacoma Municipal Building North
733 Market St Room 16

comments [4]  |  posted under creepy, crime, homeless, tacoma

Comments

by Erik on 11/29/2007 @ 3:24pm
This is a scary video. The recent crime videos have been pretty effective in getting some attention.

Alot of people have seen this one.

by NineInchNachos on 11/29/2007 @ 3:53pm
Ultra creepy! Just goes to show if you have a problem and nobody appears to care, use art and distribute it online. Make the politicians care.

by Erik on 11/29/2007 @ 5:14pm
It reminds me a bit of the trailer for the movie The Bridge which documents the suicides off the Golden Gate Bridge. Especially the music.

by KevinFreitas on 11/30/2007 @ 7:31am
I'd seen this video a few weeks ago. Ugly stuff but I'm glad it's out there.

Can anyone give a summary of last night's meeting?

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