Blucher Park Is Showing Early Signs Of Improvement Following Council Action
The Southside Light
Just one week ago Corpus Christi City Council passed a measure that banned camping, sleeping and other activities from Blucher Park in the downtown area. Already, the benefit is being seen—at least when it comes to the cosmetic and social appeal of the park.
Last week, council decided that in order to stay in compliance with so-called “gifting” requirements that are in place, the city would need to take action towards cleaning the park up.
“This actually just feels better,” said Andy Ramon. “The trash is gone and the birds are coming back so, it’s a big improvement here.”
But where did the homeless residents who just last week called this downtown park home go? Advocacy groups who lobbied in favor of the tighter restrictions would want you to believe that they have all sought refuge within their walls. However, a simple headcount seems to suggest that those homeless residents simply went elsewhere.
Just down the street at South Bluff Park it was obvious that there has been an increase in numbers since just last week when the ordinance was passed. Another place that has an obvious increase in homeless presence is at the Central Library.
“It is pretty common to see these folks dispersed to other areas of the community when something like this takes place,” said Andrea De La Garza, who is a San Antonio based social worker who deals directly with the homeless in that city. “Unfortunately, it solves one problem but it worsens another.”
In downtown Corpus Christi it isn’t uncommon to see homeless residents loitering under a bridge under the Crosstown Expressway. It also isn’t uncommon to see them in places like Flour Bluff, either. While an informal headcount over two nights in and around Flour Bluff didn’t suggest any major increases in that neighborhood, it might not stay that way for long unless something drastic happens to fix the problem.
But for now, the problem at Blucher Park seems to fixed and the City has done their part in that respect. Addressing a solution to the root problem will likely prove a bit more challenging.