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Old 10-07-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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What is the deal with all the homeless people at the grocery stores around town? It's weird because I haven't been asked for money, but they just seem to hang out there. The one's I am specifically referring to are Safeway on S. Nevada and the Walmart on S 8th st. Does the city tolerate them or just ignore it?
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Downtown Co Sps
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Both of those stores are close to areas with a higher concentration of homeless. Mostly because along that part of the Pikes Peak Greenway/Fountain Creek is where a lot of them live.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I had never noticed them hanging out until it started getting cold. Heat source, maybe?
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:58 AM
 
Location: westside
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The city tends to tolerate them due to fact so many people get in a up roar if anyone tries to do anything at all. It is just getting worse imo and something needs to be done about it. I feel like I live in a inner city(like in Baltimore) now.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I was encircled by several when I got out my car down on Tejon one day...a little scary. And the downtown library smells like a flop house because of them. The soup kitchen is in the wrong part of town for the clientele, and attracts them to downtown.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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Like Baltimore? Come on, isn't that a little bit of an exaggeration
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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Toxicavenger, what do you mean "people get in an uproar" if anything is done about the issue? Have their been efforts made in the past to "round up" people in the past? Just curious...
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Downtown Co Sps
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Like Baltimore? Come on, isn't that a little bit of an exaggeration
Yup. It's not a good comparison. Homelessness is not that bad here. It's much worse in Denver and other bigger cities. I think I'm pretty well traveled (Including Baltimore) and have lived in downtown settings enough to safely say it is not bad here. Sure they're out there and sure there's more than anyone wants to see, whether that be in a positive or negative way as you see it. And if you ask me, the homeless here aren't pushy and demanding when you don't give them anything. They just move on.
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Downtown Co Sps
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I was encircled by several when I got out my car down on Tejon one day...a little scary. And the downtown library smells like a flop house because of them. The soup kitchen is in the wrong part of town for the clientele, and attracts them to downtown.
I wouldn't know because I'm a newbie, but I'd guess that homeless showed up before the soup kitchen. The downtown area that the homeless gather is perfect for them. They have the trails/fountain creek to live and it's super close to downtown for them to panhandle. If you moved the soup kitchen I doubt it would actually lower the numbers downtown much.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Like Baltimore? Come on, isn't that a little bit of an exaggeration
Although my experience was with D.C., not Baltimore, I actually think that considering the relatively small footprint of COS, that there may be more homeless (or at least panhandlers) here than in a similar area of D.C. And the number of that general type that hang out in Denver is so very noticeable.
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