Downtown hoteliers worry growing street homelessness could hamper local tourism, and they’ve taken their message to the mayor.
By Lisa Halverstadt.
Downtown hoteliers fear growing street homelessness could cast a dark cloud over one of the city’s key tourism hot spots.
Homelessness has more than doubled on downtown streetsthe past two years, according to a business group’s monthly count, a reality that’s confronted locals as well as tourists.
Now hoteliers are warning the city: Do more to address the problem, or risk hurting downtown tourism.
“We need action today,” Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi said.
So on top of the obvious moral motivations to help downtown’s growing homeless population, city leaders must now grapple with a potential vulnerability for one of its most crucial industries. Hotel-tax hauls alone are the city’s third-largest source of revenue.