Friday, October 17, 2014

REPORT FROM METHADONE ALLEY (16th and Gaylord, Denver)

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 was the opening day for the ARTS drug distribution Center at 1620 Gaylord St. in Denver. Thursday morning I noticed that people were occasionally wandering across the alley to sit on my retaining wall.
Jan, the director of the Center, was already outside telling people to not trespass on my property, and we had an opportunity to talk briefly. She mentioned that the Center had hired a security guard to be outside from 5:00 to 7:30am daily, to direct people and traffic. (A suggestion that was made at the community meeting.) Additionally, she said that they have installed a second dispensary window inside (at a cost of $5000) to handle peak traffic.
Aside from the woman who parked on my lot and left a small dog locked inside, who quickly came back and moved her car when I whistled and motioned for her to move it, there were no other incidents to report.
Friday morning (10/17) I was up early enough (6:00am) to see the security guard and the very small trickle of clients.

So far, so good, and thanks to Jan and the rest of the staff for listening and responding to our concerns.


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