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Wow. I wonder what function that concrete ring on the roof was designed to execute? I've never seen such a thing.

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Wow. I wonder what function that concrete ring on the roof was designed to execute? I've never seen such a thing.

I’d need another look at the station roof profile, but I wonder if it was to represent a steam loco’s funnel.

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Wow. I wonder what function that concrete ring on the roof was designed to execute? I've never seen such a thing.

Kinda looks like a section of concrete culvert pipe.

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Wow. I wonder what function that concrete ring on the roof was designed to execute? I've never seen such a thing.

It appears to serve 2 purposes: 1. hide a vent. 2. Make the build more attractive.

 

I’d need another look at the station roof profile, but I wonder if it was to represent a steam loco’s funnel.

Here it is:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.0176391,-121.8161638,3a,75y,337.17h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sssTwJNfvltOOjtxZh05Nmg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DssTwJNfvltOOjtxZh05Nmg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dsearch.TACTILE.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D96%26h%3D64%26yaw%3D337.16504%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656

 

I'd call the man resourceful and also able to think outside-the-box.

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The only thing that would have made this story better would be if someone had discovered him via Google Earth.

 

But yeah, props to the guy for making a go at it. Hopefully he can find the support he needs in order to harness his ingenuity into something with lasting benefits, whether in a career or simply getting a permanent home.

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It's sad that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are people who literally have to live on the roof of a train station. That said, that is a pretty darn smart spot to 'set up shop'. Kudos to that man's creativity.

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This dude deserves a finders fee. Caltrans is going to rent out this crib at Bay Area market rates -- should bring in at least $2,000 a month.

 

Sent from my ZTE A2017U using Amtrak Forum mobile app

 

Maybe he booked it through an (errant) Air B&B site ??

 

Bty, I'm thinking the worst about the moisture stains on the outside of the enclosure... :huh:

 

 

It's sad that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are people who literally have to live on the roof of a train station.

George Carlin once offered a solution to our homeless living in the streets....

 

Through eminent domain, the Govt. moves all homeless camps to all of the Golf Courses, everywhere. :excl:

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It's sad that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are people who literally have to live on the roof of a train station. That said, that is a pretty darn smart spot to 'set up shop'. Kudos to that man's creativity.

 

I have met various homeless people that quite simply just want to be free and not depend on others or a homeless shelter. It would be interesting to hear this man's story.

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It's sad that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are people who literally have to live on the roof of a train station. That said, that is a pretty darn smart spot to 'set up shop'. Kudos to that man's creativity.

 

I have met various homeless people that quite simply just want to be free and not depend on others or a homeless shelter. It would be interesting to hear this man's story.

 

Most homeless people don't live like that just for fun. There's a difference between someone not wanting to be in a homeless shelter, and wanting to be homeless.

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I hired a homeless woman last year. She was unreliable, temperamental, and did not work well with others. I was not able to keep her as a worker. For whatever reasons (she blamed abuse from foster parents...), she was simply not well-equipped to prosper in this world. I do not blame her, but could only go so far in helping her.

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The specifics of the camp on the roof of the Amtrak station have been covered. Any further discussion of homelessness can take place in the Lounge.

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