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Old 07-10-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Celebration, Florida
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I have visited your beautiful city both on business and pleasure now that my son has moved here, and noticed there appears to be a growing large homeless population. It seems more so in the area of the Gateway Mall and the large park near the Hamptonn Inn where we usually stay. We tried a little walking tour of that area and up towards the Temple Sq. and were approached at each block by folks asking for money. Some were very forceful and verbally abusive when we refused, as it was obvious they intended to use for alcohol and not food. Is the city addressing this, or am I just imagining things. We are from Boston, and that is also an issue, naturally, as in most cities. Thanks. Justs want to be safe and not tred in dangerous regions.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I don't know that it is growing, but it certainly is there. The shelters near Pioneer Park (near the Gateway) kick people out during the day, unless they have a "medical bed," so there is nowhere to go except the surrounding streets.

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Old 07-10-2008, 04:31 PM
 
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It is a big problem downtown. I think in part it might be because of the big influence of the LDS church and people take advantage of the members kindness. Either way the city has addressed the problem even gone so far as to say not to give anything to these people. The police have investigated many and found them to leave in fancy cars to fancy homes at the end of a "homeless" day.
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