Geez, this thread is getting a bit toxic. If there's one thing I've learned about Vibrant Victoria, it's that the users who will shout NIMBY at anyone who dares oppose a commercial or residential development are the exact same users who will cry foul anytime a solution regarding cycling or homelessness is proposed. The blatant hypocrisy on display is just so frustrating at times and really flies in the face of what this forum strives to be about...although when those users are the ones who are most heavily active on here, I guess you could say you know where the priorities of VV lie.
As a resident in the 800-block of Johnson and a dog owner who walks the Pandora/Quadra corner day and night, the 800-block of Pandora outside the church where everyone congregates on the steps, the 900-block of Johnson where crowds await their cheques or their buddies at Our Place...I'll say this much. It may LOOK like an absolute unsafe gross place, but I've never once felt in danger. I'd rather walk those stretches at 2:00 am than deeper downtown outside the bars at 2:00 am.
Do I have to be aware of letting the dogs piss on a bush or patch of grass that may have a bunch of needles? Yes, so I use my eyes to look for that stuff. The same way I look out for dog crap in a nice park left behind by a pretentious d-bag who makes 100k a year, or the litter on the ground left by some casual shopper downtown, or a piece of Rebar askew at a construction site, or a biker blowing through a stop sign.
Seriously. Celebrating 10 years of community discussion? Sure, one particular type of community perhaps. This project on Vancouver Street is good for the community as a whole. Nobody wants something like this next door, but spreading things like this throughout the community is a far greater strategy than just tossing them all in one area. Are Pandora/Johnson and Rock Bay supposed to be the defacto homeless strips of town? How appealing does that make those areas going forward?