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Cities Deal With a Surge in Shantytowns

New York Times, 25 March 2009

As the operations manager of an outreach center for the homeless here, Paul Stack is used to seeing people down on their luck. What he had never seen before was people living in tents and lean-tos on the railroad lot across from the center. “They just popped up about 18 months ago,” Mr. Stack said. “One day it was empty. The next day, there were people living there.”

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