Homeless Tents Are Now At The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial In Duluth
I was driving through downtown Duluth, trying to navigate through the detours to get across town when I came down 2nd Avenue East and saw an unfamiliar sight. Are those tents right in downtown?
Yep. At 6 pm, three tents were pitched in the area of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on 1st Street and 2nd avenue east in Duluth. Here's what it looks like when people are visiting the memorial to honor the men who were wrongfully murdered. The location and memorial foundation exist to foster racial justice and promote healing and reconciliation.
It's sad that this area that is supposed to be a memorial is now a homeless camp. But, this neighborhood has been a place of controversy for quite some time regarding the former Kozy building across the street. Talk about an eyesore!
I guess at this point, I don't even know what to say any more about this. Just the other morning I was on the air and looked over and saw a man urinating on the side of the Wells Fargo building on Superior Street.
At least several times a week we witness some type of fight or argument downtown. Screaming is relatively common. Obviously, these people need help. There has to be some type of solution we can work on, right?
It's hard to say if there are more homeless people following the pandemic. I do know that the number of people working downtown and general foot traffic has been returning some, but it's not even close to what it was like before the pandemic.