After seeing the spikes featured in the Manchester Evening News (MEN), local resident Jennie Platt took her kids down to the building to cover the spikes with cushions; they also brought sandwiches and snacks for the homeless, who total around 78 on a given night in Manchester. “I thought it was really mean and a Scroogey thing to do, it is really unnecessary,” she told the MEN. “It’s a spot where people can keep warm and sheltered, people don’t need to be that mean.”
Platt isn’t the only person to attack anti-homeless spikes, which might be the most hostile incarnation of urban design that cities can implement. Back in 2015, activists covered up spikes in London’s gentrified Curtain Road with mattresses, and added shelf full of books for good measure.
Back in Manchester, local council spokesperson Pat Karney spoke to the owners of the building and condemned the spikes; a few days …