Homeless camps on river overlooked? Vance shrouding cost?

A homeless encampment along the French Broad River December 3, 2020.

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:

Question: The new greenway along Riverside Drive and Lyman Street is a wonderful 2-mile section. It adjoins the French Broad River. However, the view across the river is not so great. It is dotted with shabby encampments of presumably homeless people. Is there no enforcement authority responsible? Why doesn’t the city do something about this?

My answer: This being Asheville, I’m pretty sure those tents rent for about $1,500 a month.

Real answer: These tents and encampments have been a problem for quite a while, and the Asheville Police Department has addressed the issue before. 

“The camp that the questioner is referring to was part of an extensive cleanup effort by the city of Asheville within the last two years,” Asheville Police Department spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said. “The COVID crisis has complicated any potential solutions to encampments, as the Centers for Disease Control has provided guidance for a comprehensive approach to Unsheltered Homelessness during the pandemic.”

You can find that document here: https://bit.ly/33FXyGE.

The CDC guidelines include these recommendations regarding encampments:

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