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on second thought

Providing the homeless with a home field

Joe Carabello pulled up to the stoplight in his 1995 Jetta, stared for a while at the old, hardscrabble bit of a ballfield, and saw something that wasn’t there.

Decades of neglect had all but ruined Sonny Lawson Park. His father grew up in the neighborhood, played there as a kid, and now it was all weeds, empty cans, broken glass, and fading memories. Hardest of all on the eyes, there were broken lives standing there, upward of 100 homeless people milling about those worn-out basepaths in downtown Denver.

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