No 'mission accomplished,' but Operation Rio Grande successes celebrated

Leaders reflect on 1-year anniversary of program designed to root out downtown crime

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  • Slcut Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 17, 2018 4:42 a.m.

    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.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 5:19 p.m.

    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).

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 1:12 p.m.

    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.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Aug. 15, 2018 6:37 a.m.

    Does anyone, other than politicians and developers, believe this fiasco was a success?

  • dski HERRIMAN, UT
    Aug. 14, 2018 9:07 p.m.

    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.

  • drog Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2018 5:23 p.m.

    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 the area.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 14, 2018 5:04 p.m.

    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?

  • Goldminer Salem, UT
    Aug. 14, 2018 4:28 p.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 14, 2018 4:09 p.m.

    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.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 14, 2018 4:04 p.m.

    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 major concern.