EDITORIAL – Finding somewhere for the street folks to go isn’t easy

Where the stairs used to be. (Image: Mel Rothenburger file photo)

YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED, as you drive up from Victoria Street West onto Seymour, there’s usually a half dozen street folks hanging out at the honking big utilities box beside the sidewalk.

It was installed during the rebuilding of the street. The work also included removing a set of stairs that ran from the street up to the West End.

The area at the top had become a gathering spot for the people of the street, and taking out the stairs solved the problem for nearby residents but the street people now congregate at the utilities box.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at


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