Photo: The new homeless shelter is the white building in the background.
When you change one thing, you may affect things around it.
A regular customer at McDonalds at Main & Terminal says there are more "bums" standing around outside now that the new homeless shelter has opened across the street. They congregate in front of McDonalds a little after 7 p.m., and hang out until shortly before 8 p.m. when the shelter opens. The customer sometimes ducks outside himself to have a quick cigarette, so he knows who's who out there.
"Are they the ones smoking pot?," I asked. "Yeah", the customer said. On two evenings out of the last three, I walked through a cloud of strong pot smoke when going in the front entrance at McDonalds to buy a take-out coffee.
When Mayor Robertson and his HEAT team turned the empty warehouse across the street from McDonalds into a homeless shelter, they probably thought that because the building was in an industrial area and situated well back from Main St., it wouldn't affect people in the neighborhood.