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Letter: Clean up downtown

By Joe Blatner, VANCOUVER
Published: September 30, 2023, 6:00am

I live in downtown Vancouver, and every day we have homeless camps around our building. I sent a letter to city of Vancouver and they sent back: “Please don’t reply to this message, to report issue or request service, use our Van 311 app or online service.”

Hey Vancouver, great service, about as useless as Portland. Clean up the tents when they go up and you’ll have less problems, don’t do anything and they multiply. We’ve had enough break-ins, smashed windows, and really nothing happens. Our taxes don’t seem to be going down, yet our city is starting to look like a fourth-rate city. I’m not heartless, but, enough is enough.

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