Even I Was Shocked at What I Saw in Missoula
Am I in Portland? What did I just see? We were driving down Broadway near downtown Missoula when I spotted the tent city right next to the street.
Look, I love Missoula. There's a lot of great people in Missoula. My kids were born in Missoula. My wife grew up there. We both went to the University of Montana. A lot of us remember when Missoula was still considered a timber town, back before the out of state NGO's moved in and (combined with U politics) took over downtown.
There are parts of downtown that make you think like you're in the middle of Portland. But it's crazy, you get out to the Target Range area, South Hills, past Mullan Road, or outside of downtown and it still feels like the old Missoula.
The out-of-state homeless transient problem has apparently gotten so bad now that even the far-Left Missoula City Council is finally taking *some* emergency action. As we shared earlier, the Missoula City Council is now shutting down their parks at night- from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Think about it though, even if you were a more liberal voting Missoulian who voted for the higher taxes so that you could get your parks...how are you feeling right now? Now you're paying those exorbitant property taxes and you still can't enjoy the parks out of safety concerns due to all the transients setting up camps in your parks.
It's not just Missoula- Bozeman, Kalispell, and other locales across Montana are also trying to figure out how to clean up or change-up their parks or provide a more secure environment.
Here's part of a report in The Daily Inter Lake about what Kalispell is trying to do to clean up their parks:
Russell said the city would install bars on benches meant to deter people from sleeping on them, disconnect electricity and water at city parks, and consider housing law enforcement in the Depot Park building downtown.
We talked about this at length, and took some great phone calls, during our statewide show on Wednesday. Click below for the audio:
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