Charles Cavanaugh’s Tenleytown tent, a fixture outside the old Sears building on Wisconsin Avenue for over two years, was removed on June 5 when Second District police arrested him for occupying a public space without a permit. Many neighborhood residents had garnered an affinity for the seventysomething suburban camper and were quick to criticize the police and Hechinger Co., the forthcoming occupants of the building. But according to Rebecca Benson of the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place, “We’ve all been working together—Hechinger, the police, and members of the community—to help Mr. Cavanaugh.” Cavanaugh was apparently psychologically affixed to the corner and did not heed the cops’ repeated requests to vacate the premises. He was arrested, fined $50, and his belongings were confiscated. On June 9, Julianne Barry of the Washington Citizen and Friendship Place’s Robert Brewer retrieved Cavanaugh’s blue tent from the cops and (temporarily) pitched it on the paper’s property—a half-block from his original campsite.

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