/\ I agree i have been to cities all over the world and they all have beggars and homeless that want money. An education campaign is probably a good idea... but really I just walk by. I do agree we need to minimize it as much as we can but the homeless is not the problem... the problem is that we just don't have that much to do downtown to draw more people.
Fancy high end restaurants can only draw so many people. We need places that appeal to a wider audience.
I was in downtown for the park opening last Friday night and i must say i was really impressed with how many people were in downtown... but we left and went to Capital Pub to eat.... The only place we would have eaten at downtown was 10Sports Grill and while i like the food ok and the prices are ok... i don't like that it is so closed in. Also City Tavern is good.
Downtown missed a great opportunity with the sports bar in the Sheraton... it is really nice and had someone had a little imagination it could have been a real draw for downtown... Imagine if they had opened it up on the street... and projected games across the street on to the building... That would have been cool.