I talked to a few business owners at East 72nd Street and Portland Avenue about homelessness. Here’s what they had to say:
Joe Blevins, a manager at Big Lots, said the problem isn’t out of control.
The only real problem is panhandling. Sometimes they’ll go through the garbage, but it’s mostly panhandling.
And Debbie Hinson, co-owner of Baskin Robbins, said other crimes are bigger problems.
We’ve had more crime problems than anything else, and problems with response time. We’ve had a homeless guy sleeping behind the store. But overall, there are more problems in this area than prostitutes and drug dealers than homelessness.