The tents on Mass and Cass are coming down!
At 8 a.m., the first tent poles were being pulled by a resident of the Mile even before police nearby entered the encampment.
It was a chilly 38 degrees with an icy breeze and no one seemed to be in any rush.
At 8:27 a.m., police began meeting off to the side after three sergeants had quietly ventured into the makeshift neighborhood that’s been home to human trafficking, drug use and abuse, and an eyesore that never seemed to stop festering.
At 8:35 a.m., City Council President Ed Flynn came down to “thank police and other people helping here.” That included Mary Ann Ponti, director of outreach programs at St. Anthony Shrine.
Ponti, who didn’t want to say much while working the scene, was attempting to help a woman who was pacing as the mayor’s tent ordinance was now all too real.
As the Herald reported today, the Shrine is part of a team assembled to help give those who have moved in along this misery Mile a path out of an unsanitary place where addiction and crime mix.
Mayor Michelle Wu is now holding a press conference on the Mile.
This is a developing story …