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The winter tents around the Fulton Market have been the subject of controversy recently.
The bright orange tents that include a foundation, heating and lighting appeared less than two weeks ago thanks to the efforts of Andy Robledo, founder of the nonprofit Feeding People Through Plants. The city had previously marked with red signs on a group of 10 tents warning residents that they must empty them to this day in order to clear the streets.
Last night, officials from the Department of Family Services and Support told the Tribune that the tents would not need to be cleaned for scheduled cleaning and would only have to be moved for “deep cleaning”.
Activists gathered this morning at the site under the Milwaukee Avenue Subway Bridge, then marched into City Hall with plans to deliver a letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot requesting a meeting to discuss the city’s homelessness crisis.
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