Temporary chain-link fencing surrounds the space under the Southwest Freeway this week — two gravel-covered empty lots beneath a Midtown highway bridge that, until Friday, held one of the city’s most notorious homeless encampments.
For two years, the camp near the intersection of Wheeler and Caroline has been filled with tents and people, ripped-up couches and endless piles of trash. People who lived in houses nearby considered the camp a neighborhood scourge. Four people were murdered at or near the camp since mid-2017. Several times, the Houston Health Department called the camp a public health nuisance and demanded a cleanup to remove the human waste and debris.