Feb 16, 2010 12:58 PM by Greg Boyce

Tent city doesn't help image

Last week the Colorado Springs City Council passed an ordinance to ban camping on public property.  This is in response to many "tent cities" that have sprung up in this recession.

A local real estate representative told News First 5 the tent city problem can be a negative for companies that may want to move to the area, but he doesn't believe it would be a deciding factor.  Randy Dowis of Highland Commercial Group said prospective companies are "looking at that total economic and financial package that a city can offer."  But Dowis says he's disappointed it took the city so long to make a rule against camping on public property.

City Councilman Scott Hente says he spoke to two real estate agents who each said a company that they were showing around decided not to locate in Colorado Springs, citing the homeless camps as one reason.  Hente says that helped him decide to vote for the ban.


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