Cassandra Brown said she does not want to draw attention or publicity. But it’s hard not notice her after the thin homeless woman became the resident of a fairly large homeless camp that popped up earlier this week on the median of busy Glendale Boulevard where it crosses under the 2 Freeway on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake. Brown’s home, which is composed of plastic tarps and a barricade of shopping carts, orange traffic cones and other materials, has attracted the notice of passing motorists as well as members of the Echo Elysian Forum. Said one member:
Anyone know what to do to get them to leave or move? It’s huge and seems pretty shady.
Brown said she does not cause any problems and cleans up and takes care of herself. “I don’t ask anybody for anything,” said Brown in a brief interview outside her home.
Despite living only inches away from traffic speeding on both sides of her home, Brown said living in the middle of Glendale Boulevard under a freeway beats living on the sidewalk. The freeway shelters her from the rain and sun and Brown does have to worry about pedestrians stepping over her.
“As long as they [motorists] stay off the curb, I’m okay.”