Sign of Decline: Union Station

By Matt Connelly
Sign of Decline: Union Station

According to Denverite, when Michael Hancock surveyed the scene at Union Station yesterday from the podium at his press conference, “he said he saw people risking their lives using fentanyl and other dangerous drugs. He could smell the smoke in the air.”
 
Hancock and other officials held the press conference yesterday to discuss new safety measures being implemented to address crime at Union Station and in the RTD system. 
 
Denverite reports that Denver Police have arrested more than 700 people just this year and Axios reports the number at more than a thousand between Nov. 1, 2021 and March 22.
 
There may be no more striking symbol of Denver’s decline during the last few years than Union Station. 
 
As Axios noted this morning, “Union Station was the crown jewel of downtown Denver’s revival — and now sits tarnished by surging crime numbers and homelessness that officials are pushing from Civic Center Park.”
 
Mayor Michael Hancock: “This is not about housing or homelessness. What we are seeing here is not homelessness. This is about the sale and use of deadly illegal drugs.”
 
🔥  CBS4: More RTD Officers To Be Deployed As Part Of Denver Plan To Address Drugs, Crime At Union Station – Read More
 
🔥  GAZETTE: Denver mayor blames drug use for surge in crime at Union Station bus terminal – Read More
 
🔥  ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS: High demand, distribution issues wipe out Denver’s supply of overdose-reversing drugs – Read More
 
🔥  DENVER GAZETTE: Effort to get overdose antidote in hospitals reached nearly all Colorado facilities in first year – Read More


About the Author:

Matt Connelly is the Founder of Campfire Colorado and Campfire Media.