Downtown exit strategy discussed by leaders, stakeholders
Coun. Fulvio Valentinis says downtown also has 'an idiot problem'
Windsor's police chief has agreed to review how his officers are deployed downtown at last call.
Al Frederick made the commitment during a special meeting late Wednesday.
Chair of the Downtown Windsor Business Association, Larry Horwitz, called for a meeting with police and Mayor Eddie Francis after a 19-year-old was stabbed to death early Saturday morning.
It's also an idiot problem.- Coun. Fulvio Valentinis
"We got together in order to discuss the issues and hopefully move forward together with new ideas and initiatives to create a safe, secure and comfortable city centre," Horwitz said. "We felt action must be taken immediately."
Others at the meeting included representatives from the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, bar owners and community groups.
They agree the downtown area is generally safe, but realize more can be done.
"We had a lot of interesting ideas," Horwitz said.
One was to convert unused stops to safe stands where people can catch rides from friends of family.
The meeting was held behind closed doors.
Not just drinking problems
Coun. Fulvio Valentinis, who represents the downtown area, said the downtown has more than just a drinking problem:
"It's also an idiot problem. You've got people who come down with an agenda sometimes, and just are complete idiots, whether they've been drinking or not," Valentinis said. "It's that small percentage that tends to create the issues. Regardless, it's going to take everyone doing their part to contribute to the solution."
Another meeting is scheduled for next month.
Horwitz said "downtown is safe."
"But late at night, late Saturday nights, it's uncomfortable," Horwitz said. "If we want a better downtown, we have to be work and be proactive and not allow people to walk down the street breaking things, being drunk and disorderly."