December 20, 1991 |
A downtown mall once touted as an engine of economic rebirth now houses a band of homeless people whose plight symbolizes this city's hard times. Up to 50 homeless people live in underground tunnels and walkways that connect the abandoned Portside Festival Marketplace with a hotel and office buildings. Some have ventured into the mall itself, which once housed specialty shops and restaurants. "When you're out on the street, you're always looking over your shoulder.