True North Reports traveled around Burlington late last month to take photos of the increasing squalor of the Queen City, which includes everything from homeless encampments and trash to graffiti and drug needles.
This image was taken just near Main Street and Church Street, a popular hang-out area known for its restaurants, shops and cafes. It shows evidence that people are sleeping in alleyways next to to bustling shops and eateries.
Another picture depicts a store closure also on the block of both Church and Main Street. Businesses have been forced to hire private security in some cases in order to counter the increased crime downtown.
At City Hall Park, as seen in the photo below, about a dozen homeless people attended a couple of gatherings. One said that often churches and shelters will provide meals at points in the day, but not always. Another commented that he “steals everything” when he needs to eat. No one wished to be interviewed about their activities and situations.
In a discussion with homeless individuals at Battery Park, one said that homelessness needs more media attention, while another suggested media stories about the homeless were “annoying.”
A fire at a homeless camp occurred in Burlington on May 12, but no one was injured. The remains could be seen from the road while driving south on North Avenue.
In the next photo is more material leftover from that fire.
There is a needle dispensary in the bathroom in City Hall Park. The sign says drug addicted individuals can deposit their used needles here in this bathroom.
Graffiti is starting to show up more around town as homelessness escalates.
Garbage can be seen in multiple areas where it appears that homeless persons have been staying.