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Community Discussion Held on "Fixable" Issues at Downtown Mall

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People in Charlottesville speak up about problems on the city's downtown mall. People in Charlottesville speak up about problems on the city's downtown mall.

The community gathered with city leaders to discuss issues on Charlottesville's downtown mall.

They are concerned about a number of problems: vagrancy, panhandling, loitering, prostitution, abusive language and more.

Those fighting for better enforcement on the mall cite several surveys that say as many as 600 fewer people are coming downtown because of what they call "fixable problems."

"We had a documentation from that survey of hundreds of cases of people who said they would not return to the mall or have decreased their trips to the mall because of these problems," said David Repass, a North Downtown Residents Association board member.

Tuesday night's brainstorming session ended with a number of new ideas, including forming an outreach team and an oversight committee.

Anyone with concerns or ideas about the downtown mall who missed the meeting can contact the North Downtown Residents Association here.

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