The beds sagged. The windows rattled, and the walls stayed sticky. But for 90 people, the Joyce Hotel was home.
Most had spent years at the Southwest 11th Avenue motel, forking over $40 a night to claim their little slice of downtown.
Then, last weekend, the Internet and cable television both went dark. A clerk collected keys.
After decades of housing some of the city's poorest, the Old Joyce had closed down.
The building's owner, who turned down multiple offers to save one of downtown's last remaining single-room occupancy hotels, was coy about its uncertain fate. He evicted the tenants in the middle of a citywide housing emergency.