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SROs, Zombies and Humanity

By Brandon Burt
Posted // March 25,2009 - Ted McDonough’s March 19 story about the plight of Salt Lake City’s single-room occupancy hotels “Gimme Shelter” prompted “BarryPortugal” to speak his mind about what he thinks makes Salt Lake City suck so thoroughly: “Salt Lake City is a poor, trashy, methed-out wasteland. The city needs to step it up and push the poor people out so people who work in this city and make money can live in a decent community. ... You cannot walk around downtown or go to the library without seeing junkies and meth zombies everywhere. The police are not aggressive enough, landlords would rather rent affordable spaces to Junkies than students and young people, and while all this is going on, the city suffers and the people who could make a cultural change in this wasteland are leaving every week to go to better places.”

Now, that’s an idea! Perhaps if the police got more “aggressive” on Salt Lakers’ asses and started putting all the “zombies” into supermax prisons (at a price of $40,000 per year per zombie), our fair city would be magically transformed into a paradise.

On the other hand, it would likely be more humane (not to mention more economical) to accept the fact that a number of people are in need of affordable housing—and not all of them are meth-heads and junkies. Here’s what “timothy” had to say: “The Ted McDonough story on SROs is right on. It hits the city council nail right on the head. There is a developer willing to preserve the buildings, do SRO housing, resurrect the theatre and add commercial space. So what is the problem? Let´s get started.”

I like the cut o’ your jib, timothy!
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Posted // March 27,2009 at 18:16 Wow...I'm famous. I made the bottom corner of page 10 between two skin care ads!! I'm sure the small percentage of people who pick up the City Weekly and use it for something other than packaging material think I'm a jerk. It's probably the same people who are constantly nagging me for change downtown so they can take advantage of Salt Lake's rapidly growing open air drug markets. From Pioneer Park to 200 S. From west of the Gateway to 300 W. SLC has the best meth in the WEST!