Along 20th Street, towards the salvage yard off the Bay, are a string of parked RV’s. Although very close to the T-stop at 20th and 3rd Streets, it is not really visible from 3rd street, and almost no one ventures down here. On a very sunny day, I found one artist who was spray painting her project, and a neat row of parked RV’s. I was not sure that anyone lived in them until I spotted a lot of plastic bottles and aluminum cans in the back of one RV. No one would leave such valuable belonging out without being nearby.
I was very impressed. It would take a lot of work and significant discipline to accumulate this amount of recyclables. On this day, I saw the single artist and a man that live in one of the RV and no one else. Yet, there were many cars parked nearby, not luxury cars, but American makes, Toyotas, Honda and Volkswagens. Their owners probably parked there in the morning and went to their jobs. No of the cars were broken into, and all looked like they could not be driven. There were no open containers of alcohol. Despite the blight, and abandoned buildings, there was no smell. I could not help but think that the residents of this area of the Dogpatch took really good care of it.