have a kind of decency about them. They don't steal from each other and their
possessions, usually in backpacks, are frequently left unguarded in Peace Park.
Their main criminal activity is in the use of drugs, a non-crime as far as I'm
concerned. They break the law in other ways. They bring dogs into the park, they
get drunk, they hang out in the parks after closing, they panhandle in the wrong
locations, they urinate in the bushes, they make a bad impression on tourists,
and worst of all, they don't have any houses to live in.
Every night a few of them end
up in jail. There is no social stigma about having been in jail. On State Street
everyone goes to jail now and then.