A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
That said if your downtown is also like my downtown then another reason people detest going to downtown is having to pay for parking and when they do find parking they have to walk for several blocks. There are three things I go to my downtown for if I do go to downtown area of my city. It is Home depot, Mexicali Border Cafe, and Spaghetti Warehouse.That is only because those places have their own parking.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
We certainly have our share of soup kitchens, shelters ect. Those are good things. Isolating the homeless should not even be on the table. That is not even something resembling a solution. We need to be helping them get off the street, not pushing them into cornersIf your downtown is anything like my downtown it is not the the homeless being allowed to camp out that attracts the homeless to the downtown area. It is the soup kitchens and other facilities that aid the homeless that attracts the homeless as well as everyone who gives a homeless person a dollar