John Place 
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Re: “Survey: Marijuana not a driving factor for rising homeless population

HUD can say what they want and maybe they are right on paper. What matters to the local population and tourist is perception. Lets look at where Colorado Springs families and tourist go. (1) Downtown used to be a very clean and nice place to go walking and maybe get a bite to eat or a drink with friends. Now the sidewalks are filthy, homeless gather on corners and do what ever they do when they are hanging out. I have traveled around the world to cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, Panama City Panama, Seoul S Korea, and allot of major cities throughout the U.S.. When city streets are filthy and they look unsafe to families, it hurts businesses and the tourism trade in our city. (2) Manitou Springs is another family and tourist destination. I can say their sidewalks are definitely cleaner than downtown and the crowds of homeless are smaller. If people don't feel somewhere is safe to take their kids, they won't go. Tourist look at our city and see the dirty and unkempt areas of our city they won't come back or recommend it to their friends. Again HUD can make it all look good on paper but when you've lived here forever and have seen the changes, its perception that matters, not what HUD tells us.

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Posted by John Place on 05/24/2017 at 12:11 PM

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