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Business Owners Meet To Discuss Violence In Downtown Pittsburgh

Business Owners Meet To Discuss Violence In Downtown Pittsburgh


THERE IS BREAKING NEWS. JUST A SHORT TIME AGO CITY LEADERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS MET TO DISCUSS A RASH OF VIOLENCE DOWNTOWN. RECENTLY WE HAVE SEEN A RASH OF STABBINGS, SHOOTINGS, FIGHTS, AND AN INCREASE IN PANHANDLING. JOHN DELANO WAS THE ONLY REPORTER TO SPEAK WITH LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO SAID MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. HE JOINS US LIVE WITH THE BREAKING DETAILS. THAT IS RIGHT. WE ARE OUTSIDE . BEARDS RIGHT HERE ON THE SIXTH, OR A SHORT TIME AGO A MEETING BROKE UP THAT WAS FOCUSED ON THE PERCEPTION OF GROWING CRIME IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH. THE MEETING HAPPENED A COUPLE BLOCKS FROM WHERE ANOTHER STABBING JUST OCCURRED. WITH 4 STABBINGS IN RECENT MONTHS, A DOWNTOWN SHOOTING ON THE FOURTH OF JULY THAT LEFT BULLET HOLES IN THE THEATER AND AGGRESSIVE STREET HUSTLERS PANHANDLING DINERS AT OUTDOOR STREET CAFIS, DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH BUSINESS OWNERS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE HAVE A CRUCIAL PROBLEM AND WE ARE TRYING TO FIND SOLUTIONS AND WE ARE NOT GETTING ANYWHERE WITH IT. Reporter: THE OWNER OF . BEARDS THE SPORTS BAR ORGANIZED A PRIVATE MEETING WITH OTHER DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNERS. THE DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP, THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. I WANT A SOLUTION ON HOW WE ARE GOING TO SOLVE THE PANHANDLERS, THE HOMELESS, THE DRUG ADDICTS, AND THE CRIME. IT IS A TALL ORDER, BUT IF IGNORED BY CITY OFFICIALS, IT WILL BE AN ECONOMIC DISASTER. YOU SEE LESS PEOPLE DOWNTOWN IN THE EVENINGS AND WE DAYS ARE STARTING TO BECOME NONEXISTENT. PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO COME DOWNTOWN, ESPECIALLY WITH THE RECENT STABBINGS AND SHOOTINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED. I THINK IT DEFINITELY PUTS A TAX ON BUSINESS. Reporter: DAN LAVELLE, WHO WAS AT THE MEETING, SAID HE UNDERSTANDS THE CONCERNS. I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT THE CRIMINAL STATISTICS, DOWNTOWN IS A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, PROBABLY THE SAFEST IN THE CITY, BUT PERCEPTION IS VERY REAL AND I CAN TELL YOU BASED UPON THE CALLS THAT I HAVE GOTTEN INTO MY OFFICE, THAT THERE IS AN INCREASED CONCERN ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING DOWNTOWN WITH PANHANDLING AND VIOLENCE. Reporter: IT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE REALITY IS, IT IS WHAT THE PERCEPTION IS THAT COUNTS AND THE CRIME PERCEPTION IS VERY REAL. SO IS THE PANHANDLING THAT MANY FEEL IS OUT OF CONTROL IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH. SO, WHAT IS THE CITY DOING ABOUT IT? AFTER THIS MEETING IT WAS NOT CLEAR THAT A LOT WOULD BE DONE, BUT AT LEAST THE PARTIES ARE LISTENING TO EACH OTHER. THE MAYOR WAS NOT HERE, BUT HE DID HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE AND THE POLICE CHIEF WAS HERE AND THEY HEARD AN EARFUL FROM THE

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  1. I buy a $100.00 bus pass every month, to avoid driving and finding parking in Squirrel Hill, and I absolutely hate going downtown, for every day that I do, I'm CONSTANTLY being asked for money. I had a guy 2 weeks ago ask me to go to my ATM to get money out, because I told him I only had my bank card. When I said I had to wait for my bus, he got super angry, cussed me out, and walked off, not after getting in my face to call me a white p.o.s. This was on the corner of Wood and 7th street.

  2. 😂 panhandling is everywhere. Hopefully with this broadcast you have drawn more customers to all the location of restaurants You mentioned. Free! Advertising!

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