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I wish I could share with you the emotion I felt the first time I walked into Sacramento’s original and now infamous Tent City. Despite all of the homeless communities I have visited and lived in, I never felt tension like this before.

James was the first person I met at tent city. He was hard at work trying to build a larger “buggy” out of shopping carts. He seemed cool and creative, but to be honest, I thought he was on drugs. Low and behold, the next day, his cart was not only built but ready to move. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed.

Of all the people I met at Sacramento’s tent city, James has stayed with me the most. It was blistering hot the day I met him, and he had only one day to move all of his worldly possessions. I could just sense his desperation. I hope this emotion is captured in this video. His face still haunts me.


James is the third story from my trip to Sacramento. You can meet Chris here and Eve here.

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