- Dec 2, 2007
- Reaction score
- St. Lawrence
The homeless / street-involved issues are also related the lane's lack of sunlight. It makes the whole place somewhat "hidden," forlorn and, dare I say, intimidating. I was with an elderly, out-of-town visitor a few years back who flat out refused to walk through because of the "menacing" darkness in the middle of an otherwise sunny afternoon. I truly hope the new scheme addresses this but, as I posted earlier, I'm not confident it will.Walking through this area daily, I'm not sure I can fully share a maximally optimistic take on the relationship that people experiencing homelessness will have irrespective of the nature/content of the remodel. Specifically, I think you are correct that the objective should be successful execution, which will drive normal usage, however provided that a lot of congregating and sometimes damage from the unhoused takes place at night, I'm not sure successful execution will have much bearing on ensuring the space does not end up being damaged. Specifically, I can seek things like outdoor sinks or hand-washing stations being unusable very quickly.
None of that is to say, one way or another, not to attempt the most exciting/useful park you can, or neglect all of the likely visitors to the park.