Downtown Vision Inc., released their Annual State of Downtown report for Jacksonville’s up and coming downtown.
The nonprofit’s mission is to entice businesses and people to invest or make downtown their new home. They are doing a great job.
What we didn’t know is this: They are also in charge of cleaning up human waste on a daily basis in downtown. More than 1,400 cleanups this year! That is a job no one wants but thankfully they have taken it on.
A recent report by Channel 4 news will turn your stomach. One business owner mentioned he has never seen so many homeless in the downtown area. They are growing in numbers and impacting the vision for downtown.
There must be a way to deal with the homeless issue. There are many cities across the country who have found a way to fix the problem. There are others such as San Francisco who ignored it for so long and now the homeless have taken over and businesses and people are leaving the city. Events and money from large conference groups have been lost to the homeless issue. The homeless issue drastically impacts tax revenues.
We applaud Downtown Vision for what they are doing and we hope they and the city leaders will find a way to keep us from becoming a San Francisco. We’ve invested too many tax dollars in downtown and we expect to see those dollars used to bring people here.
Until this issue is fixed, it will be a hard sell.
See the interviews of those dealing with human waste in downtown Jacksonville here:
Check out the report from Downtown Vision here: Downtown Vision Annual Report