There are new concerns that the city's homeless could be costing Indianapolis big money and business.
On Georgia Street near the Convention Center, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. recently removed the chairs and tables in the area, because it turned into camping grounds for the homeless.
Now, the mayor's office and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are reacting to an e-mail sent by convention planners, indicating the homeless could be bad for business . . .
Like the woman who came to town last week to consider bringing a 6,000-member convention to Indianapolis in 2015.
“She walked around the streets and saw a lot of positive things,” said Chris Gahl, Visit Indy. “One thing she saw and pointed out was a lot of panhandling and that surprised her.”
It surprised the mayor's office too, which received an e-mail from Visit Indy's senior vice president of sales Michelle Travis who wrote in part, “This is getting hotter and hotter...it seems like everywhere you walk someone is curled up and sleeping or harassing passersby or shaking cups.
“It is truly becoming an unsafe environment with muggings on the canal and shootings downtown.”