An alert from the Tallahassee Police Department about a dangerous individual who was “harassing patrons and businesses in the downtown area” has prompted a twitter thread highlighting the impact of the homelessness issue on downtown Tallahassee.
The alert – provided below – notes that the individual “may have been violent towards citizens..”
Peter Schorcsh, the owner and publisher of FloridaPolitics.com, tweeted about the TPD alert and then noted the troubling status of downtown Tallahassee.
Schorsch wrote, “the situation speaks to the crisis in downtown Tallahassee, which, IMO, has not been in this bad a shape in the time since I first visited the Capital City in 1993.”
Schorsch added, “the once-beautiful downtown of Hill Valley has become a dystopian hellscape with rundown buildings, trash, and rampant crime; a decline so shocking that even hoverboards and self-lacing Nikes can’t dispel the sense of abject failure and ruin.”
Others responded and agreed.
Steve Schale, a well known political consultant replied to Schorsch, “Not disputing any of this, but part of the solution has to be an active effort to get folks help and pointed in a better direction. Otherwise all we are doing is moving problems to other parts of town.”
Jennifer Green, a government consultant, tweeted, “Human feces on the street, in building doorways, people being attacked in broad daylight – this is a health and safety issue that Tallahassee leadership is ignoring and making no public statements. Thank god for the members of law enforcement who are trying to help.”
Green added in a tweet, “I own my dream building and business but I now do not walk to the parking garage alone because I don’t feel safe. This is an absolute shame in our state capital and a block from our state government.”
Schorsch, who lived in Tallahassee twice over the last 20 years and indicated that he visits about 15 times a year, described in detail the problem and the impact.
-“Now, almost every major street corner in Tally has at least 2 people aggressively panhandling. Go north on Monroe St & you can see heavy foot traffic of homeless ppl, some of whom are women who frequent cheap hotels that are the target of sex trafficking raids by TPD.”
– “In the downtown area, aggressive confrontations with the homeless are becoming more common and human feces are evident on the sidewalks.”
-“The smell of urine reeks from the alleys and dark corners. Trash and food containers are strewn everywhere. In what used to be the pleasant shortcut through Galley Alley to the Capitol is now a nest of dirty bedding, empty bottles, and junk food debris.”
Schorsch wrapped of his analysis by asking, “Don’t Tallahassee City Commissioners realize that they can’t be a city that wants to grow new jobs while simultaneously forcing CEOs who are visiting the Capitol to walk past fresh piles of human xxxx?
And then added, at a “time when other cities like Jacksonville are showing the political resolve to ban panhandling, Tallahassee’s City Commission seems content to either ignore the problem or actually adopt policies that make it worse…..Tallahassee leadership needs to do something — quickly — to restore the City to the gorgeous place it was just 20 years ago.”