Leaders reflect on 1-year anniversary of program designed to root out downtown crime
The problem was just moved to North Temple between 600 West and 1300 West.
It’s a good idea to help the people who want to help. I think most are
content with the life style they live and probably never change.
Objectively, I believe that there has been some limited success in the drug
court/treatment/human services facets of the program. In contrast, I would say
that the crackdown in the Rio Grande neighborhood has only been as successful as
any zero-sum program can be; namely, that it has arbitrarily created
"winners" (property owners and businesses in the Rio Grande
neighborhood) and "losers" (other neighborhoods in the downtown area and
elsewhere in the city and valley).
The old Indian adage "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but
teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a life time" is as true today as
ever. Until you can teach these people how to support themselves, and prosper
in today's society, they (the politicians) can not claim any success. In
fact, the school system should shoulder the responsibility for THEIR FAILURE in
not teaching these people how to "fish" in the first place.
Does anyone, other than politicians and developers, believe this fiasco was a
Need more funding for this and that, but who will pay for it? The two liberal
mayors still think we can pay our way out with more funding. Build them and
they will come, is a commonly use phrase that is still hold true. Unfortunately,
the neighboring cities and neighborhoods are dealing with the Rio Grande
aftermath. A good political stunt but a costly boondoggle for taxpayers to pay
will for years to come.
The millions spent by the government didn't help the homeless and addicts.
It helped the developers and property owners in the Rio Grande area. I believe
Des News and SL Trib have pointed out some key politicians pushing this
initiative have been tied to real estate holdings and development projects in
Let us be absolutely clear. Operation Rio Grande is an unmitigated failure. The
only reason that any category of crime has been reduced in that area is because
it has been dispersed to other adjacent areas. Indeed, those areas have been
extremely hard hit by the flood of homelessness and drug use that has taken root
in their communities. Where is the publicity-fabricated help for them?
It is difficult for sure but where do these homeless get money for their drugs,
drinks, etc? Many of them have tatoos all over, and then we see these bikes
they have... It seems to me that someone needs to sit down and start using
"tough love". We have to HELP these people; not sustain them in the
situation they are in. So sad that our politicians don't seem to see that
all this money being spent has definitely not solved the problem.
It may be a "success" in political terms, with glowing press releases
and a lot less dangerous areas around Pioneer Park and the homeless shelter.But, in reality they have not really reduced the numbers to any
significant degree, and the vagrants and thugs have simply moved a bit further
into previously low crime areas of the city. Show us the statistics for crime
in the whole county, not just SLC itself and it is probably the same or
higher.Anyone can drive around the city and see that the
"homeless" are encamped all over the city on the streets and in alleys.
I've seen them, and the media can too.Compassion and tolerance
may help a small percentage of the "homeless" but the vast majority are
addicts or mentally ill for whom there is no cure except being
institutionalized, and we are unwilling to do that.Downtown SLC is a
dangerous area, and across a wider area than a year ago when it was concentrated
in one area. Operation Rio Grande has not made the city safer.
Most folks recognize that the "Operation Rio Grande" was not to help the
homeless, but to increase property values for developers with connections to
Utah politicians. The aftermath of their homeless dispersal program is not a