^^ The Quarters can become a desirable area, it is the negative image that needs to change. Three deaths in a brand new park does not help, the park needs people and programming to prevent this from happening again.
The Quarters will soon have its own LRT station; that, including everything the city has already done should be more than enough incentive for developers to start building things.
I am trying hard not to assume anything, but what do you mean by "nip this in the bud" and "programming to prevent this from happening again"? Three people are dead, likely from opiate overdoses, which is an absolute tragedy. The issue isn't how we get more people in the area and make them feel safer in a park -- it's HOW DO WE KEEP PEOPLE FROM DYING!Few answers after three die suddenly in downtown Edmonton park
Click on the link to read the Edmonton Journal article.
Looks like my fears about this park are becoming reality. We need to nip this at the bud now before it gets worse.
I'm ignorant; what are alternatives to "passive use" parks? I personally imagine parks as passively used in nature, but again, I'm ignorant about this.The City should stop building "passive use" parks -- they become natural points of contact for the needle crowd and other illicit transaction-ers.
You nailed it to the point!^
i hate to say it but the place doesn’t “have a reputation for druggies”, the place is full of druggies. and acknowledging that isn’t being insensitive. what’s insensitive is their not having better places to go than inner city streets and alleys; their not being able to get the supports they need including basic shelter (not shelters); their not being able to legally access high quality drugs; and their being preyed upon by drug dealers and gangs and pimps as a result of those three things.
and all four of those things are a big reason why there aren’t more people walking their dog in the area. besides, that might have prevented those deaths from happening in the park but it wouldn’t have prevented those deaths from being just as tragic..
Instead of wasting our energy trying to solve the impossible-to-solve problem of homelessness and drug abuse. Let's focus on diluting the problem to a manageable level by developing the area.
Whyte Ave. also has a homeless and drug abuse problem but it still feels safe, use that area as an example for the rest of the city.
No one will solve it alone, but a good start would be to acknowledge it and contribute to an actual solution, instead of trying to simply gentrify the area and push these people even more to the margin or hide them from sight.Let me know when you solved the problem!