Ross Bloom has spent more time living on the streets of Fort Collins than most residents have called the city home.

He's witnessed Fort Collins — especially his Midtown stomping grounds and street corners — evolve as its population more than tripled. He's heard rhetoric surrounding issues of homelessness grow more vitriolic.

Over the past four decades Bloom, 58, has become more and more of a loner who would rather panhandle a couple bucks and risk being arrested for missed court dates than abide by the rules Fort Collins says he should live by.

“I’m comfortable the way I am," Bloom said over teriyaki noodles on a recent Saturday afternoon. "I have no problem with the way I live. As long as I can survive, I have no problem with it."

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