It appears to me that, since the bar "Club Chocolate City" closed on March 1st, all the street people (dealers, hookers, hangers-on, mentally disturbed people) have just vanished!
I have passed by a couple of times in the mid-evening, and spent an hour late Saturday afternoon in the Starbucks on Madison. The formerly packed sidewalk outside the bar, and the areas around Deano's Grocery Store remained totally deserted. On Saturday evening I drove all over the Central Area, but saw no crowds, or any of the Madison Street "regulars" anywhere.
A question for you! Has the lack of the Madison Street regulars resulted in fewer problems in other parts of the neighborhood? Please keep an eye out, and send my your observations, via E-mail, via the MPNA report form, or [easiest] by a comment on this post (anonymously if you wish). Let me know what's changed in yor part of the neighborhood.
What should we do? Enjoy our new abilities to walk to the Twilight Exit and Bottleneck Lounge bars on Madison without any problems. Walk to the Madison Street Safeway, drop by the Starbucks, just get into the habit of using our streets.
Two final observations:
1) people seem to be instinctively avoiding walking on the formerly very crowded sidewalks outside the Market and bar. They're our sidewalks too, let's use them.
2) the Saturday night street preacher is still there!
Reminder: please share your observations on this sudden change in our neighborhood.