(OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING) In the shadow of Washington’s Capitol dome is a broad boulevard — called Deschutes Parkway — with a popular walking and running path that curves along Capitol Lake and links the city of Olympia to the neighboring city of Tumwater.
The parkway, the adjacent lake and nearby Marathon Park are technically part of Washington’s expansive Capitol campus complex.
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It’s along this picturesque stretch of road, where parking is not restricted, that in recent months motorhomes, trailers and campers in various states of disrepair have begun to take up residence.
The state of Washington now finds itself grappling with an issue that’s been front and center in Seattle, Portland and many other West Coast cities — people who are homeless living in dilapidated recreational vehicles parked on public streets.