"They think homeless people are a nuisance," said demonstrator Leah Pederson.
The process began the afternoon of Dec. 3, when police cordoned off River Street between Americana and 15th Street and a Tate's Rents crew began building a large white tent and installing two large Dumpsters.
City leaders were mum for hours, but later that evening, Step Up Learning Center Director Lisa Veaudry announced in Cooper Court the city's plans, reassuring people the city has "a plan for your property."
"They're not going to bulldoze the place. They're not going to beat people up. We had no warning about this. I'm terrified for you," Veaudry said at the time.
"We're not looking at alternatives" to Cooper Court, he said.