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Just spit balling here but is seems to me that throwing money at this issue is ill advised. My family and many friends don't go into downtown Olympia because of the extreme nature of the addicted and violent homeless population there. I even know of formerly thriving businesses that are moving in the direction of anywhere but Olympia's downtown because it isn't safe there for their property, personnel or customer base. Tenino, Tumwater, Lacey are all better options that Oly these days. It is unclear to me why Olympia didn't choose to use that funding to marry to other state and federal grant dollars to resolve the real problem. Needles in the parking lots and feces in the doorways while being threatened by the mentally ill is not a scene that we choose to endure in order to experience entertainment.

From: Olympia approves funding for supporting struggling local theater and other arts programs

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