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John in his 50's and originally from Ipswich in England, was relatively new to the storm drainage system. His spot was a stones throw from the famous 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign. On one side of the road is a noisy private airport and the other is a private golf course, who's sprinkler system regularly runs off into the tunnels. He chose to live in the storm drains as he felt more protected, his solitary existence meant that he didn't get as many possessions stolen by other homeless people, and therefore he could leave some belongings there whilst he was at work. He claimed he had originally come out to kill some time and to see Las Vegas, but he chose to do so broke because he knew if he had money he'd lose it pretty quickly. John was staying with the Salvation Army for a month but decided to move into the tunnels as it was closer for him to walk to work. He'd been working on a loading docks at a hotel casino, earning $8 an hour, but had recently quit the job. Because John isn't mentality unstable he misses out on any state benefits or state shelter. He says of Las Vegas that it's not as happy a place as he thought it would be.
Copyright
Greg Funnell / Adam Patterson 2011
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PROJECT | Vegas Dreams
John in his 50's and originally from Ipswich in England, was relatively new to the storm drainage system. His spot was a stones throw from the famous 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign. On one side of the road is a noisy private airport and the other is a private golf course, who's sprinkler system regularly runs off into the tunnels. He chose to live in the storm drains as he felt more protected, his solitary existence meant that he didn't get as many possessions stolen by other homeless people, and therefore he could leave some belongings there whilst he was at work. He claimed he had originally come out to kill some time and to see Las Vegas, but he chose to do so broke because he knew if he had money he'd lose it pretty quickly. John was staying with the Salvation Army for a month but decided to move into the tunnels as it was closer for him to walk to work. He'd been working on a loading docks at a hotel casino, earning $8 an hour, but had recently quit the job. Because John isn't mentality unstable he misses out on any state benefits or state shelter. He says of Las Vegas that it's not as happy a place as he thought it would be.