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Man found dead in woods along Charles River across from Chick-fil-A

WHDH reports authorities think the man might have been living in the woods.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Dedham Police reported:

Officers along with members of the Mass. State Police and Norfolk County DA’s Office are at 205 Providence Highway conducting an investigation.

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Ocean State has been there longer than Chick-fil-a - they should clearly be the reference for this location.

Or Levitz!

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Where the Toys R Us used to be.

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Yes, my parents bought their bedroom set there.

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I remember the Toys R Us being built and thought "wow...fancy." We were a Child's World family (near the York Steak house - also "fancy." :)

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Over the past year as I drove by.

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A blue tent. I would also see someone walking every other morning when I was working the early morning shift at lowes.

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How is it possible that in a state with so many wealthy citizens, many with more than one residence, a man freezes to death because there is no place for him to live?

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Any time it's expected to get dangerously cold at night, workers try to get homeless people to come indoors to the shelters or other places. Sadly, there are always some who refuse.

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He may have chosen to stay outdoors because he feared the risk of exposure to Covid and other dangers in shelters.

If he’d had the opportunity to live in a decent place he may not have chosen to live outside. We don’t know anything about this guy yet or even what killed him. But my point was that it’s just wrong that some people have multiple homes while others have none at all.

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The reason why many homeless people, especially in Massachusetts, stay outdoors has little or nothing to do with some people having multiple homes.

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It has a lot depending on your perspective

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Unfortunately, there are some people who choose to live this way, and refuse to live in a shelter. Mental illness can lead to situations like this, and it is next to impossible to hospitalize them long term (or force them to take meds). No mater what the story is, it is sad.

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I have a relative that chooses to be homeless. Some just don't want to have to deal with shelters and the crap that happens to people who stay at them or abide by the rules laid down by the shelters. Often though, people like this suffer from some sort of mental illness and they are not mentally ill enough to get services and their family cannot force them to get help. The US closed or defunded many mental health facilities and this is the result.

This is a good outline of the issues that lead to this type of homelessness https://mentalillnesspolicy.org/imd/deinstitutionalization-flory.html

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I fail to see your reasoning.
Many people own a home (sometimes larger than they need) and if hard work permits, perhaps a second home. The indigent (assumption here in this case) should have access to it?

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Some people think that with so much wealth in the country that a human being should be provided food and shelter for being a human being and no other reason.

We also don't believe that just because someone is provided the basics will mean the person will have given up and will not desire to contribute to the society that is taking care of them.

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I challenge your assumption that owning a second home necessarily comes from hard work rather than, say, the fortuitous indolence of those wealthy due to inheritance or a pinnacle placement on the food chain

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After high school, i split college with my dad by working hole off and after 7 years i was able to get a home. i abstained from vacations and a gaudy wedding. my wife and I have a home in Boston and now the cape.

please flush your privilege snark down the toilet.

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having a parent who's willing and able to split the cost of college isn't exactly disproving the OP's point here

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That kind of path was possible if you graduated from college 40 years ago. Without inherited wealth, it isn't so much possible now.

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I inherited property - which my parents had because I helped them buy a house 30 years ago.

It is occupied by family who would otherwise be homeless.

I have been known to rent a room for cheap (the rent part being at their insistence) to young friends of my sons in need of shelter.

I have worked hard, gotten an education, and made frugal choices. But I also believe in keeping people out of bad situations however I can. That actually generates wealth - those kids are now settled established taxpayers who make a good living because I gave them a safe harbor to regroup in and not have to drop out of school, lose their jobs, etc.

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who generates wealth? has been one of the bigger debates around the web over the past year.

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Hard work of their employees

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Very sorry this happened but it's a sad and unfortunate reality in these times. Shelters are overwhelmed and some people choose not to go for a number of different reasons.

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That would be my guess too @Lee. Sunday night into Monday morning was brutally cold even in the city.

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...but are you assuming that all those with a second home are wealthy?

Yes, "wealthy" is a relative term. Some of my wife's family calls us "rich", which is a joke. We just happened to make better choices, like work and save.

FWIW, I know a number of working stiffs that set their priorities on things other than having a big house, expensive cars, big vacations and lavish nights out. Instead, they lived modestly and decided to get a second home in the mountains where they could hike and ski. They are far from rich, financially.

I'm just saying that the situation is a bit more complicated than you portray. Yes, there's a lot of people out there with serious cash (I mean SERIOUS) and income inequality has been a growing issue. But, people with second homes is the wrong target for your anger.

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it’s criticism of an inequitable system, not necessarily anger.

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Correct, berkleealum.

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In Liveham.

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When he’s living in a van down by the river!!

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Wow. What a great joke, let's laugh about the guy who was found dead.

Yeah, fucking hysterical.

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Was this guy missed when they counted the "Chronic Homeless" population this winter? Has that even been done yet?

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There is a difference between 'count' and 'house'.

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It’s scheduled for tomorrow in Boston. No idea whether Dedham does anything similar.

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"Loves" the downtrodden, but has $6 Million is his campaign account from people who have done nothing but speculate in Boston neighborhoods, driving up the price of housing far beyond what ordinary citizens can afford.

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The person had a camp there for a while, you could see it from the road. People would be surprised how many folks live in the woods. There are a few people living in camps up in the more remote parts of Cutler Park too. At least during the warmer months.

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Which state agency is the legal owner for the land where this poor man perished. If memory serves me right that area was once property of the railroads and later acquired by the MBTA.

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