from today's Olympian: a "special report" on "taking back the streets in downtown olympia" (way to co-opt a radical phrase for an ultra-conservative message, btw):
Solving the riddle is critical if the heart of the city is to attract visitors like Ardean Anvik. The Shelton resident lived in Olympia for 20 years when he worked for the state, and he occasionally visits the farmers market or The Olympia Center for senior activities. Otherwise, he avoids the city because of “scary” people who walk the streets. “If you want me to go downtown after dark, you’re going to have to get some of those people off the street,” Anvik said. “They don’t make me feel comfortable even during the daytime.”
Poll: what's the real "problem" here?
(A) there are too many "scary" people in downtown Olympia.
(B) Mr. Anvik's prejudices have been reinforced by crappy-media-crap that encourages fear as a way of boosting revenue/ads/clicks, while selling the idea that privilege means never having to encounter others who make you feel uncomfortable?
(C) the local newspaper sees senior citizens, even those who do not live in Olympia, as its core readership and, therefore, panders to this demographic by representing its opinions as exemplary of the "solid citizen" archetype, even when individuals who fit this type admit to having little/no personal experience with the topic in question; rather than interviewing, say, people who do spend large parts of their days/nights downtown (working, shopping, eating, relaxing, etc.)
(D) I decided to read an article the Olympian.
here's the link, if you feel compelled to read more about how homeless heroin addicts are so powerful that they can "ruin" a whole town (despite hundreds of thousands of dollars spent policing, cleaning, and harassing them to move along):
stupid Olympian article