DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!
By Max R. Weller
Here’s a Daily Camera story I missed while the computer here at lovely Boulder Manor was offline: Businesses on Boulder’s University Hill near boiling point on ‘transients’ published on 7/30/2016.
A homeless man, who asked to be referred to as J Lowry, sits with his dog Casanova, outside of 7-Eleven on the corner of College Avenue and 13th Street in Boulder on Thursday morning. (Autumn Parry / Daily Camera)
Excerpt from article copied below:
Twelve years ago, when Ruba Wahdan became owner of Smelly Deli, the iconic 24/7 convenience store and Mediterranean kitchen at the heart of 13th Street’s business row, it didn’t take her long to get to know the names and faces of the homeless who would linger by her storefront.
“It was the same people who’d come to the store all the time,” Wahdan said. “We knew them, they’d come in, sometimes order food and sit outside, and it was fine. We never really had any problems.”
But that kind of coexistence is now a distant memory for Wahdan and many other University Hill shop and restaurant owners, who believe the neighborhood has been marred by a recent wave of younger homeless people prone to more disruptive behavior . . .
Interviews last week with employees throughout the Hill revealed numerous common allegations; chief among them were open substance abuse, shoplifting and harassment of passersby.
“These new people have been just a lot more rude and obnoxious, and asking for money more,” Wahdan said. “We have to start watching everybody now. It’s harder than it used to be.”
Look at the poor dog in the photo — does it look as though it’s being properly cared for by its transient owner? I understand that certain canine breeds, like the greyhound, are naturally very lean. “Casanova” ain’t no greyhound.
Like I’ve said before, Boulder’s homeless shelter / services industry operates by the unspoken and unwritten creed of More Homeless People = More Money, and as long as so many clueless Boulderites continue supporting this inappropriate compassion the problem will continue to grow like a cancer.