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 Posted: Fri Aug 24th, 2007 04:52 am
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Pedestrians spooked by sex, drugs and defecation in Calgary pedways

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/na...367e22&k=94067

CanWest News Service; Calgary Herald
Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2007

CALGARY - Calgary's unique above-ground maze of covered walkways is becoming an obstacle course for downtown workers, who find themselves sidestepping people having sex, addicts doing drugs and vagrants urinating.

According to a recent survey, Calgarians are using the city's "Plus-15" pedways less often because of growing concern for their safety.

"Those numbers are increasing year over year," said Bill Partridge, executive vice-president of the Building Owners and Management Association. "It's getting worse."

Jody Liscum can attest to that. She works at a downtown store near a Plus-15 - so named because they connect buildings 15 feet above the ground. She said there are always two people tasked with opening and closing the store because of safety concerns.

"We've had people standing and spitting at people," said Liscum.

Partridge's association has been monitoring concerns about the Plus-15 system, and recently surveyed 3,000 users - 80 per cent of them downtown tenants.

Forty-three per cent of the respondents reported having problems with vagrants, 38 per cent encountered drug use and 32 per cent saw signs of gang activity. Fifteen per cent witnessed sexual activity.

Other problems encountered in the pedways include harassment, urination and defecation.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 24th, 2007 04:54 am
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Basically, Calgary sucks and Toronto rocks!:D

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 Posted: Fri Aug 24th, 2007 05:01 am
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Well that sure was an inspiring post. Do you have any other words of Ontario wisdom you wish to share?  

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 Posted: Tue Aug 28th, 2007 05:06 am
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ak472304 wrote: Basically, Calgary sucks and Toronto rocks!:D
Umm, I live in Vancouver, and it beats both places. However, having been in both cities.. Calgary is miles ahead of Ugly, smelly, sticky, damp, stinking Toronto. So is San Diego, and it isn't even on the list.

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Last edited on Tue Aug 28th, 2007 05:41 am by OutWest

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YEP! I'd say Vancouver is a lot prettier place than Toronto. and only half as many people too


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Honorable mention to San diego:

 

 

Nice place to be in Dec/Jan, especially if you like sunshine and golf

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 Posted: Fri Aug 31st, 2007 10:56 am
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You can enjoy all of these "Luxuries" along 17th Ave SW as well......

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What luxuries?

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Luxuries like being able to take a crap on the street and being spit on by bums.    I see you still don't have a sense of humour Trailmix, big surprise there. 

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Nice personal slight - no surprise there.

 

 

 

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I do wonder why law enforcement is so poor in our train stations and plus-15s. You'd think police like to stay where it's warm instead of freezing outside? Especially with all the Tim Horton's now added to plus-15s . . . mind you, those donut shops aren't 24-hour yet. Hey I have an idea . . . make them 24-hour and they will get more business, we will get more enforcement, AND I can hang around downtown reading when I have nothing better to do at night! :D

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