Will Success Spoil Tent City?

Offers of aid flood the Texas site, but some campers spurn them

Just 35 miles east of downtown Houston, between Interstate 90 and the San Jacinto River, a hand-lettered sign at the entrance to a state campground reads WELCOME TO TENT CITY, U.S.A. Inside, 100 people have set up housekeeping in tents, cars, campers and trucks. Some have been there for as long as eight months, some stay only a few days. Some are from out of state, but most are former blue-collar workers from the Houston area. Says Jana Williams, 27, who has lived...

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