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Romneyville is a haven lost

Things are less than idyllic in Romneyville. The tent city in the northern fringe of downtown was envisioned as a thriving base camp for people protesting the Republican National Convention and as a temporary haven for the city's homeless. But that's not the way it's worked out, organizers said, because Romneyville is broke.

With hardly any donations coming in, there is no money to feed people camped there and not enough tents to keep its estimated 180 occupants shielded from the blazing sun or sudden afternoon thunderstorms, said the Rev. Bruce Wright, one of the tent city's founders....

Over the past four months, at least 30 people, mostly the homeless, have been booted out of the camp for violating a policy of no drugs and alcohol. "We need to help (the homeless), but we're a political homeless camp," Wright said. "We need to maintain decorum." On Tuesday, an argument broke out between two campers. Scuffles and fights are not uncommon, residents said....

Then there's the state of the camp....

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