Boulder ponders return to enforcing camping ban

During a study session on homelessness Tuesday night, the Boulder City Council decided directing the police department to stand down on the city’s camping ban was a mistake.

Boulder bans sleeping outdoors, but hasn’t criminalized it lately as much as it used to. Now, the Civic Area and Boulder Creek Path are popular camping spots, and the city’s elected representatives are fed up.

What remains murky after Tuesday’s 3-hour discussion, however, is where any of the people Boulder wants to stop camping are going to sleep if and when police start issuing tickets again.

Advocates for the homeless hoped  the council would move on Tuesday in favor of new programming to offset the camping ban. The council did agree Tuesday that the city should explore creating a permanent day shelter and resource center.

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