Larry Rice is determined to establish a tent city in St. Louis.
The Rev. Larry Rice will not quit on St. Louis' homeless population; the entirety of his public life is proof of that. So the recent city-ordered dismantling of Integrity Village, his tent city just off I-44, was certainly not the end of Rice's efforts to establish a public and free-standing community in the city for the homeless. Rice told KMOV this morning
that he will build a new one, but it's going to be a secret -- at least until it's built and occupied.
But can he really accomplish that? The first Integrity Village was announced days before construction started, and the neighbors voiced their opposition loud enough that the City took swift action. Another cluster of tents going up anywhere in the city limits is likely to bring the same hue and cry from the neighbors, and the same swift demolition.
So where could he possibly start work on Integrity Village II in the city yet out of sight enough to have time to complete the construction? Any ideas?