The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Monday, November 08, 2004
PUBLIC NAPS: Christopher Alexander (or one of his collaborators) on sleeping in public:
It is a mark of success in a park, public lobby or a porch when people can come there to sleep.

In a society which nurtures people and fosters trust, the fact that people sometimes want to sleep in public is the most natural thing in the world. If someone lies down on a pavement or a bench and falls asleep, it is possible to treat it seriously as a need. If he has no place to go -- then, we, the people of the town, can be happy that he can at least sleep on the public paths and benches; and, of course, it may also be someone who does have a place to go, but happens to like napping in the street.

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A Pattern Language, 1977)
Anyone who reads that passage as an invitation to the homeless hordes -- or, alternately, as a declaration that a few benches here and there will solve the homeless problem -- needs to read it again.


posted by Jesse 2:40 PM
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