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McNair: BID Association helps keep downtown Fargo safe

Dear Chris Schlepp (manager of the downtown Fargo BID office): We moved downtown nine years ago this month, and we see the direct impact the BID team does everyday. The sidewalks are cleaner, the litter is minimal, the panhandling is next to noth...

Dear Chris Schlepp (manager of the downtown Fargo BID office): We moved downtown nine years ago this month, and we see the direct impact the BID team does everyday. The sidewalks are cleaner, the litter is minimal, the panhandling is next to nothing, and, in general, we really feel safer.

Before BID team moved in, we would encounter terrible scenes of human trash from the night before including our front door at 12 Broadway where someone would use the entrance as a toilet in any capacity you can imagine. Littering was so common I felt like we lived in Chicago or another big city that doesn't care. And, unless I was with my husband late at night, I wouldn't go out for various entertainment because I didn't feel safe.

I'm a volunteer for the Fargo Theatre and we have some late night engagements. Now that we have the BID team downtown, I don't feel unsafe and am free to enjoy entertainment when I like. Once when we went from the theater through the alley to Mezzaluna, we encountered a man passed out on their landscaping. We called the BID team and they were quick to respond and we were on our way. In the past, if we called the police we could be tied up for an hour answering questions about the scene we knew nothing about other than a man's life could be in danger and or others if he was left there.

Thank you for your presence downtown and all that your team does. We are very grateful for the work you do and how well your BID team does it. You should be proud of them, we sure are.

Sky and Mac McNair lives in Fargo.

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