At recent public meetings about ways to revitalize the Gateway business district, people in the audience have denounced “those people” who are causing problems.
“Those people” turn out to be homeless people.
Without resources or portfolio, sometimes without families or hope, they panhandle along Northeast Halsey and Weidler streets. Others congregate or sleep in the roundabout on Northeast 102nd Avenue and Halsey Street.
Some business owners claim these displaced denizens are scaring customers away.