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Re: “Loitering For All

I like many of the points that writer Luke Baumgarten makes in this article regarding revitalizing downtown Spokane. I agree that downtown Spokane is beautiful and could and should be fixed up to attract new businesses and people to the downtown core. However, the homeless population in downtown Spokane creates an unhealthy environment. Mr. Baumgarten needs to walk around Spokane in the early morning and evening hours to see how the homeless make the downtown core their home. It is an unpleasant sight and unsafe and unsanitary for even the most progressive among us. I do like Luke's revitalization suggestions, and if we want to make it work, we need to also help the homeless in ways that do not include making their bed on the downtown shop keepers covered entryways or sleeping on the park benches.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ponderosa on 08/14/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Spare Your Change

I completely disagree with the author of this piece. As one drives on I-90 into the city of Spokane and into the core of downtown, Spokane does not look ordinary. The first thing one sees is the BIG homeless population panhandling on the Freeway exits and inhabiting the downtown corridor. Sorry, that is not what "ordinary" looks like. The homeless situation in both the downtowns of Spokane and Seattle is unhealthy for both the homeless and the other citizens. Has the author given any thought to the negative economic impact the homeless have on Spokane and on downtown businesses? Has the author given any thought as to where the homeless urinate and defecate when making the downtown area their home? Has the author visited Seattle's downtown core recently? It is worse than it has ever been. Overpowering urine smells blow out of alleyways as shoppers make their way down to the Pike Place Market. The Seattle panhandlers are more aggressive than they have ever been. My husband and I spent two nights at the downtown Spokane DoubleTree in June. As we are early risers and walkers, we got to see the homeless sleeping in River Front Park and in the entry ways of businesses. It was definitely off-putting.

I agree with both Rob McCann, Director of Catholic Social Services, and muddydog. There are positive ways to help the homeless population, and it should not include giving them handouts so they can feed their addictions by buying meth, other drugs, and alcohol. Enabling them to do this by giving them handouts is not only not helpful, it actively harms the homeless addicts. It also enables them to continue to live on the streets of our urban downtown business/shopping area, and it has damaged the image and the reality of what used to be "Beautiful Downtown Spokane". Downtown Spokane is looking REAL TIRED and very rough around the edges. The downtown area of Spokane, including the I-90 exits in the downtown area, is in desperate needs of complete revitalization. Let's make downtown Spokane a desirable place where its citizens and tourists can once again enjoy the benefits of a healthy downtown core.

25 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by ponderosa on 08/14/2014 at 5:20 AM

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