Cleanup the area around Pioneer Park (again) and dispurse the homeless shelters around the Wasatch Front rather just in downtown SLC
The area around Pioneer Park has once again become a center for transients and drug dealers. Perhaps camera's would assist the police in cleaning up the area. Further, the homeless centers are all concentrated in this area ... they should be distributed around the valley as well as adjoining counties (who have no shelters). Additionally, the concentration of people on the sidewalks in front of and immediately around the shelters should be eliminated.
Bonnie Martineau commented
I would add that the homeless problem in Salt Lake City is dire everywhere downtown and these people simply cannot all be from Salt Lake. Where are they coming from?
Spreading the resources throughout the county would be ideal. Putting Shelters into existing neighborhoods with mostly single family dwellings should never be considered. The city is dropping a lot of money on moving these resource centers in existing neighborhoods, while at the same time admitting that they cannot arrest people for "shooting up in front of officers" or if they "have 8 warrants for arrest" simply because there is not enough room in ht jails. So With that in mind, putting the prey for drug dealers and other criminal types in neighborhoods where Children play seems irresponsible. I would suggest having more ways to get the criminal element out of the Rio Grande area. Which could only mean emptying out non violent offenders, possibly on simple Marijuana possession, or other charges, Using the bed space freed up to clean out the problems at Rio Grande, and thus making the current shelter more viable.