Columbus Circle


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    The evening commuter rush at Union Station in Washington, DC.
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    A storm moves in. Panhandlers Michael Allen (l) and Rod Amis take shelter beside the fountain at Columbus Circle.
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    Amis has been living at Columbus Circle for ten months. He sleeps under a tarp at night on the fountain bench. The money he collects in his cup mostly pays for cigarettes and alcohol. Charity groups bring him food each day.
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    A former writer, Amis calls himself a racounter and savant. He says he ended up homeless after suffering from a brain disorder that affects his memory.
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    The end of a busy day for the taxi wrangler at Union Station.

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