PETERS – Kamloops not alone in grappling with downtown issues

(Image: CFJC Today)

CITIES OF ALL SIZES around the world struggle with how to get people into their downtowns.

No one wants a ghost town in the heart of their city, but avoiding that is easier said than done.

The problem is, the people cities want downtown – the ones who spend money and clean up after themselves and then go back to their homes to sleep – don’t want to be around certain *other* people.

Those in this second group require services and don’t necessarily have homes.

They reach their hands out for help, forcing the rest of us to confront the realities of how helpful we really want to be.

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.


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