It's early Monday morning, so you can count on two things: People are already lining up to eat breakfast at the original Snooze in the Ballpark neighborhood, and outside the restaurant, the homeless are already lining up to wait until the shelters open their doors again tonight. It's a scene that hasn't changed much over the past year -- which helps explain why Snooze recently announced that it had changed its position on the camping ban, and now opposes the ordinance passed by the city a year ago.
Says Denver Becca:
Super excited they have changed their stance. It was presented with carrots and sticks. The sticks have held. The carrots haven't. Because Snooze is literal neighbors with Denver's homeless, they've been able to see that this approach does not work. Telling people they can't sleep in the city of Denver does not find them homes.
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