Friday, May 19, 2017

The future of Downtowns

Over 100 people turned out for the Mayor of Santa Barbara's roundtable Wednesday morning.
At issue were concerns about downtown Santa Barbara's homeless population and the number of vacant retail properties, roughly 40 spots.
Mayor Helene Schneider brought out police, healthcare workers and city staff to talk to the group.
Business owners were very outspoken about the perceived impact of panhandlers on their customers, along with the overuse of benches.
Police say certain rights are protected, but they are trying to find services or help for those on the streets that want it.
 See the problem?  They think it is the "bums" and not the structural economic tidal wave approaching. 

28 comments:

Lawyerliz said...

Well, they don't help.
We what tiny house. Can't they built tiny cross for them, get their meds stabilized and move them in? This will work for some.

Lawyerliz said...

Watch.

LBD said...

I'm sure they avoided the reality of the pot bums coming to Kali. Great weather 5 star soup kitchens, panhandling the rich. What's not to like California Dreaming! LOL!

Rob Dawg said...

You said it for me. Year round sleep outside. Liberal guilt money.

Lawyerliz said...

Dow leaping, 10 year yield falling. Trump's is outta our hair for a while. Can we ban him from teturning.?

Rob Dawg said...

Teturning? A combination of tweeting and returning and teetering? I like it.

Lawyerliz said...

I exist only to amuse you.

Mike said...

I'd like a free tiny house in SB please..where do I sign up??

Lawyerliz said...

Gotta get drunk and high first.

Mike said...

I'd Airbnb it when I'm not there...

Mike said...

really?? that's the only qualifications?? awesome!!

Mike said...

I usually start about 3...is that good enough?? Or do I need to be drunk and high all day long to qualify for my free house??

dodahman said...

There is no future of downtowns?

LBD said...

I would think Downtown retail might pick up as malls continue to implode.

Mike said...

I think the old mall business shifted to online..rather than "downtown"

Mike said...

I think the most typical reason to "go downtown" (if you don't live or work there)..is to see a show or sporting event

Lawyerliz said...

No Must start when you wake m up.

Lawyerliz said...

The Cocoa Village downtown is always busy. There is a playhous, Arts and Crafts Exhibits, offices on the 2nd floor and a fair amount of construction. Tourist and locals m for the non chain restaurants. A historical society, and an elegant house to get married in.

Mike said...

"Free tiny house occupants are subject to random breathalyzer tests by city employees. Three or more instances of failure to blow at least a .15 is grounds for eviction"

Mike said...

actually..giving out "free houses" isn't going to solve the problem anyways. They will still be in town panhandling during the day (which is what the retailers in the article were complaining about)...unless you want to provide them a guaranteed monthly income also.

Cinco-X said...

A stipend for voting dim?

Lawyerliz said...

Actually there was an experiment where allies and drug is were given housing and whatever alcohol they said they needed. I think they were told just not to trash the house. Few were evicted, and a fair number quit booze on their own. Counterintuitive but look it up.

Lawyerliz said...

Alkies and druggie maybe.
The spellcheck is politically correct.

Mike said...

interesting..do you remember what city that was??

Mike said...

I remember reading a while back about a city in Idaho (iirc) that was having some success at reducing homelessness. They were given an apartment, drug/alcohol treatment and vocational training/job placement. I think they required you to follow some rules/make progress towards independence though..so that would be a non-starter for many folks.

Lawyerliz said...

Nope, sorry.

Lawyerliz said...

Followup next thread.

Encinitas Undercover said...

To be fair, warm climates with wealthy and compassionate passers-by do tend to attract the nation's homeless.