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Old 08-28-2019, 10:42 AM
 
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
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Details on this one are murky. They charged the person who used his knife, but it may have been in self defense. Is self defense with a knife allowed?
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I mean the mentally ill roaming the streets is by no means unique to Pittsburgh. Visit any big city Downtown in this country, and you'll come across people shouting at nothing or swinging their fists into the air or stripping naked and running around, etc.
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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I mean the mentally ill roaming the streets is by no means unique to Pittsburgh. Visit any big city Downtown in this country, and you'll come across people shouting at nothing or swinging their fists into the air or stripping naked and running around, etc.
Just another Tuesday night at Gooski's!
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Just another Tuesday night at Gooski's!
I was going to say in my basement, but close enough...
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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Details on this one are murky. They charged the person who used his knife, but it may have been in self defense. Is self defense with a knife allowed?
I don't know why it wouldn't be. If that's all I had and was in fear for my life I'd sure use it. Unless it was an illegal knife like a gravity knife/automatic it should be no different than picking up a stick/rock to defend yourself.
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Old 08-28-2019, 12:15 PM
 
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Does anyone know WHY so many drug addicts and mentally ill people congregate downtown? I donít advocate having police force people out of public spaces, but Iím genuinely curious as to why theyíre there.
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Old 08-28-2019, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Does anyone know WHY so many drug addicts and mentally ill people congregate downtown? I donít advocate having police force people out of public spaces, but Iím genuinely curious as to why theyíre there.
I am guessing it's a combination of three things:

1. It's a relatively good place to panhandle.

2. Most have free bus passes, and thus can get to downtown easily.

3. There is a relatively high concentration of social services (compared to other places) providing service to the homeless and drug addicts in and around downtown.
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Old 08-28-2019, 12:27 PM
 
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Does anyone know WHY so many drug addicts and mentally ill people congregate downtown? I don’t advocate having police force people out of public spaces, but I’m genuinely curious as to why they’re there.

Here's my guesses (as to why it has gone this far):

1.) downtown is the primary public transportation hub
2.) abundant panhandling opportunities (i.e. "I rob banks because that where the money is")
3.) several shelters are located downtown providing food and a place of respite
4.) county social services located in town (Wood St. Commons)
5.) tiny number of residents (and even less with kids), so there are going to be less complaints to "do something"; if there were that many homeless or panhandlers in Brookline or Sq. Hill there would be an outcry

I know the Cultural Trust was ahead of this, but you would think if anyone were going nuts about this, it would be Point Park Univ. I am not sure how they define their physical campus, but any crimes on campus are mandated to be reported to the US Dept of Education under the Clery Act when a school takes federal financial aid (Title IV). I am sure they are working their back channels in City Hall.
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Old 08-28-2019, 12:59 PM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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Just 4 in a month. Trend? Probably not, but one needs to keep an eye on this. Maybe Pittsburgh will get back to the 80s someday? Don’t know. Wow.
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