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Let's see - you can't access services unless you stay overnight, but you must be clean and sober to stay overnight. Yet staying straight living on the streets is nearly impossible for alcoho!ics and addicts. Catholic Charities and other organizations are adopting "housing first" policies, - why not UGM?
Thank you for a great piece that needed to be written. I was born in Spokane, left for 37 years, and returned to retire near family. I am constantly amazed at the people who get caught up in the debate about Spokane's worth or lack of same. It is a spectacular little city with its own charm and quirks, surrounded by beautiful nature, and unspoiled by traffic or urban sprawl. I wish we could all just celebrate that and work hard to keep it wonderful.
I think that the tone and content of this article are superior and unfounded. Sure, Spokane has problems. And lots of people are aware of that and working on them. But where does the author get off judging an entire community, with only vague suggestions for change? I've lived in Spokane, Portland, San Diego, and other west coast cities. Spokane brought me back, and I was delighted to find so many of the GOOD things unchanged. That counts too, Ms. Weech.
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