Ef­fect of home­less on mer­chants

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Michael John­son,

“Den­ver’s Road Home hits a dead end,” Dec. 11 Jon Cal­dara col­umn.

Re­gard­ing the home­less, who is go­ing to speak up for the down­town mer­chants who are los­ing busi­ness ev­ery day be­cause tourists are afraid to walk the streets down­town? I work as a tour guide and pick up peo­ple at all of the down­town ho­tels. They some­times tell me that they would like to take a walk and do some shop­ping down­town, but they were un­com­fort­able or afraid to do so, be­cause when they left their ho­tel, they didn’t get 50 me­ters be­fore they were asked for money by two or three pan­han­dlers.

Not all of the home­less are pan­han­dlers, but many are. The prac­tice is detri­men­tally af­fect­ing the econ­omy of down­town Den­ver. It can’t be ig­nored. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@ den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Contact us at 303-954-1331.

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