Why Parking Spots Make Great Beds for the Homeless

Last week we regaled readers with stories of residents converting highly coveted parking spots into parks, offices, and even nudist camps. Perhaps that's where Bennett Austin, a local advertising student, got the idea to turn metered spots in the Haight District into beds for the homeless.

All week, Austin has been hauling in a twin-size bed — pillows, blankets, and all — to a parking spot on the corner of Haight and Cole streets. He keeps the meter running from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., giving homeless residents a place to crash for a few hours without getting busted by the cops.

“I was thinking about ways to circumvent the sit/lie law,” Austin says. 

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