There is an article up at The Olympian website about a survey that was done last fall (why so long to publish, by the way?). The survey asked a series of questions about how people felt about downtown Olympia. Note the following passage:
Street people

When asked what they liked least about downtown, the largest number of those responding, 44 percent, cited the homeless, panhandling, and antisocial behavior by teens and young adults. That far exceeded the second biggest concern -- parking -- which was cited by 19 percent.

Even so, 62 percent of the people responding said they felt safe downtown, although some avoid areas where street people and the homeless hang out.

Nearly a quarter of those responding said they almost never go downtown.

Of those, 60 percent said they don't visit because of panhandlers and homeless people, rude behavior and people who sprawl on the sidewalks and prevent others from passing.

Now, to my ear, the implication is that homelessness is a problem-- but mostly a problem for people other than the homeless themselves. Read it and let me know if you get the same sense.


Just digging up some old

Just digging up some old threads for the blog B-day. I figured someone else may find them an interesting read as well.

On the week of OlyBlog's 4th Birthday

This is the earliest post I can find. I see Norm beat me to it a couple years ago!

Happy Birthday OlyBlog!

Happy Birthday

happy b-day to olyblog!

Happy Birthday OlyBlog!

I believe that everyone that reads this should immediately do a little dance in celebration.

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