The Neighborhood Taskforce on Loitering that focuses on Public Storage at 4050 N. Broadway is having a Positive Loitering Event next Saturday, April 26th, at 10:30 a.m. at this location.
"We had some success last year with our events to draw attention to this issue. I was hoping to gather more community support for the event. I feel almost everyone in the neighborhood has driven or walked by that area and wondered what could be done about the problem. Well, here is something that people can do.
We as a community need to put these guys on notice that we watch what takes place there and are not OK with any of it. As you may know, a large number of these men have extensive criminal backgrounds. We have worked with Uhaul to notify consumers not to hire them for this reason. Very few of them actually get any work. It appears most just hang out, drink and throw trash all over the place. They continue to say they just want to get work.
But when the Taskforce and Police worked with Human Services to find them more permanent employment, none of them followed through with the frequent offers that were made. Some of the regulars from last summer are now in prison for serious violent crime.
As always, dogs are welcome to attend the event. Also community members with dogs are encouraged to walk past this location on morning or evening walks to keep an eye on the area and call 911 if anything looks suspicious. Anyone who is interested in participating in the Positive Loitering Event or who wants more information about the problem can email me at Uhaultaskforce@rcn.com."