Yesterday afternoon, across the street from the Westword
offices, the first Sniagrab tent popped up
on the sidewalk outside Sports Authority in anticipation of huge discounts on sporting gear. With a new law banning urban camping
on the books, Sports Authority acquired a permit from the city
to allow prospective buyers to camp on the city streets. The first in line -- and the first to leave the line -- was 22-year-old Derek Rivoli, a soft-spoken snowboarding enthusiast and aspiring nature guide.