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Old 03-15-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Up Yonder
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Someone on the Charlotte, NC thread said there was a tent city set up near the train station in Columbia. Is that true? I'm in Pennsylvania and I was just curious. That also leads me to another question: National reports say South Carolina has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the country. How is the Columbia area faring? Thanks.
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Someone on the Charlotte, NC thread said there was a tent city set up near the train station in Columbia. Is that true? I'm in Pennsylvania and I was just curious. That also leads me to another question: National reports say South Carolina has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the country. How is the Columbia area faring? Thanks.
That is ridiculous; there is no tent city setup near the train station or anywhere else in town. Where in the world did somebody get that idea from? I work very close to the train station, by the way. There used to be a few homeless people that lived on the river, but I don't think that is the case any longer.
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Up Yonder
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It was a post from someone with the screen name Mullman. A person from NYC started the thread and asked where to live in Charlotte. Again, this was on the Charlotte thread posted yesterday:

1. Secure Job.
2. Secure living space.
3. Have Fun....

If you are not following the news, CLT is nearing 10% unemployment.
South Carolina is nearly 12%. I was in SC last week and saw a tent city in a field near the train station outside Columbia.
I stopped and talked to people literally living in tents, lost their home and out of work.
The news is not reporting this.

Lots of people out of work and out of luck...
My street is 75% lawyers who support the banks and bankers themselves.
50% are out of work and the other half feel they could be soon.
To be honest, NYC might be a better bet.

The large layoffs at the banks have not even happened yet, but are forthcoming.


That is what I read
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:29 AM
 
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That is ridiculous; there is no tent city setup near the train station or anywhere else in town. Where in the world did somebody get that idea from?
Maybe from the entire section The State dedicated to the "tent city" on the river banks last summer? It went on to say that they were run off, but that they merely relocated, not disbanded. And those people weren't necessarilly homeless, many of them had nice homes and chose to live there.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Maine!
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there is a small encampment at the junction of 1 and 26 or is it 1 and 20(?). anyhoo, this and others exist like it across the city. i only found out about it myself this past weekend when my husband pointed it out to me. ..he's in LE and runs across these from time to time.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Wow, I've never seen that; interesting.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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there is a small encampment at the junction of 1 and 26 or is it 1 and 20(?). anyhoo, this and others exist like it across the city. i only found out about it myself this past weekend when my husband pointed it out to me. ..he's in LE and runs across these from time to time.

Interesting but not surprising..though people who have homes and CHOOSE to live this way may be puzzling There are many isolated areas under bridges near interstates and RR Bridges (woods) in Cola where I would not be surprised to see tent cities or "homeless camps".Along RR in particuliar since no one is likely to bother you and you can use it as your own personal pathway to and from downtown.. presumably to access the services that are still available there..As time goes on it may be increasingly difficult for this population to exist downtown.. unmolested. The downtown safety officers and law enforcement may make life increasingly difficult.... so many may gravitate to the edge of the city in these less traveled/industrial areas.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Back in Defo....WI
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for what it's worth, the comment about people choosing that 'lifestyle' is not unique to here. Back in Madison ( Wi ), there are of course people/families who are homeless and not by choice. But along State St ( section between the capital and campus areas ) there is a park where the 'homeless' base out of. These are the ones who panhandle, and it's set up like a job for them ( they actually do shifts ). And some of these people are there by choice. So it makes it very difficult when you know this and then one asks for a handout.
Same for the people we had back at intersections there holding the signs. The shelters actually told people not to give anything to people on the street, that if they wanted to help then donate to the shelters.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:29 AM
 
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Concerning the unemployment rate in SC, there are areas in the state that always have a large amount of unemployment. The small towns in the Pee Dee are poor, and there is always high unemployment. There are not many factories etc., and quite a few people without HS diploma. It's always been that way. I believe the unemployment rate in Lexington county is about 7.5%. This is obviously much higher than the usual 3.5%, but not out of line with other cities in the country.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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Default There is a tent city in Columbia

There is a tent city in columbia.. Its not near the train station.. Its in the woods down at the river bank. It houses a good 40-50 people. Ive seen it.. The city of columbia made them move 2 or 3 months ago.. they just went down further.. It is out of the public's eye so maybe they will be left alone for awhile..
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