Yesterday around 5:45 pm, within one block of this location, I saw 5 people who were plainly incapacitated by drugs. One was lying on the sidewalk; another was sitting against a streetlight pole, yelling jibberish; and yet another crossed through the Center/Shattuck intersection blocking traffic and yelling obscenities at cars. This was just five minutes of activity, in the heart of our downtown.
I tend to see more of this activity at end of work day, particularly Friday. It is obviously unhealthy for these individuals to be left in this condition. And this concentration of drugged individuals interferes with public use and enjoyment, as well as safety.
I have not seen a police foot patrol through downtown in as long as I can remember. Why not? The police could and should intervene and call whatever mental health/medical service is appropriate.