The residents in a Seattle neighborhood are scandalized that a street encampment in the Highlands area now has a blow-up swimming pool that some of the tent dwellers brought in.
But Anchorage has seen the blow-up pool, and has raised it one.
At the 3rd Ave. and Ingra Street tent-and-tarp encampment in downtown Anchorage, at the site of the old Alaska Native Hospital, someone has hauled in a skiff, complete with its trailer.
“Someone installed a swimming pool at the encampment that has been growing for months between SR 509 and Myers Way in the Highland Park neighborhood,” KOMO reported, saying that neighbors consider it a safety hazard but also a slap in the face.
In Anchorage, the mayor has tried to clear the encampment but with little success.
A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit says that municipalities have limitations as to how aggressively they can clear vagrant camps.
Photo credit: KOMO photo of Seattle encampment