New design aims to ‘homeless-proof’ San Francisco library

From KTVU

“It’s been a neighborhood fixture in the Castro for decades. The San Francisco public library branch named after Harvey Milk is just a block from Market Street on the edge of 16th Street, sandwiched by homes and business alike.It’s a popular place for families, but that’s not all. The library has also become a haven for homeless people who spend time inside and use the bathrooms during business hours, and camp out at night.While the inside of the library has become a warm and safe escape from the elements, it has also created big issues for the library.“Someone that was cleaning up, volunteering and cleaning us around the library, got poked by a used syringe,” said one patron who spoke to KTVU outside the library after finding drug paraphernalia laying in the bushes just outside.Library spokesperson Rebecca Alcala-Veraflor said they’ve received reports of thefts in the parking lot, noise complaints, and litter. The library has added lighting, signs, and stepped up security.But it’s a proposal presented during a series of community meetings that has drawn the most criticism. At one of those meetings the library presented a Landscape Architecture plan aimed at making the grounds safer. But critics say the designs are actually meant to push away the homeless with the addition of so-called “defensive architecture” elements, such as hard rocks, spiky plants, and metal railings.”

http://www.ktvu.com/news/268905818-story

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