San Francisco: No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

The mattress is made of foam, storage is cramped, and the front door is a hinged panel. But there is no charge for rent or utilities, and if the location is less than ideal -- beneath an overpass at the edge of a San Francisco parking lot -- at least the two snug, waterproof plywood structures are nestled among fragrant eucalyptus trees. Just 8 ft. long and 4 ft. wide, these so-called City Sleepers were designed by Architect Donald MacDonald to shelter the homeless men he spotted sleeping on the ground outside his new office. Said MacDonald: "I'm just trying to...

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