800 now living in Powderhorn Park as neighbors fret and leaders wrestle over next steps
July 10, 2020
Just past midnight, Fred Smith walked the northwest side of Powderhorn Park looking for signs of trouble.
Most tents in the Minneapolis homeless camp had gone dark. Some people quietly clustered around as a middle-aged man stripped down to his boxers next to a kiddie pool. "You trying to cool off?" Smith asked. Stepping inside, the bather said he was.
Smith turned to walk back to his post, past the tents that sheltered a man in a wheelchair and a 70-year-old woman who walks with a cane. A guy stumbled by and held out his arm for a fist bump. "Probably tipsy," said Smith, a volunteer security guard who moved to the camp last week. "But he's 'quiet drunk,' so we don't mind that."