Phoenix Spars With Business Owners in Court Over Massive Homeless Encampment

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Phoenix Spars With Business Owners in Court Over Massive Homeless Encampment

From Phoenix New Times | News by Katya Schwenk

Attorneys for the city of Phoenix and for a group of downtown property owners who live in the middle of the city’s largest encampment of unsheltered people — often called "the Zone" — filed into the Maricopa County Superior Court for a day-long hearing on Thursday.

It was the latest face-off in court over the encampment, prompted by a lawsuit from property owners who are attempting to push the city into action.

Missing from the hearing, though, were the more than 1,000 people who now live semipermanently on the streets of the Zone. What happens to them — and the neighborhood — is now in the hands of Superior Court Judge Alison Bachus, who could respond by ordering the city to clear the encampment, as the property owners want, or throw the case out of court, as the city has requested.

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