It's sad that
Does highbrow music really repel the down-and-out? Portland, Ore., police reported a 41 percent decline in calls for service at a light-rail station where classical music was played. The director of
Hartford residents considered it for South Green in 2006, but the plan never came to pass. It would have worked better to move the nearby homeless shelters and
It's hard not to suspect that security patrols, better lighting and other changes that often accompany classical music in public places are what's scaring off street people — not the music itself.
To his credit, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton wants to do more than play music outside the library to make it vagrant-free. He wants a day center that would provide the homeless with job training, alcohol counseling and other services during the day, when they're shut out of the nearby shelter. He wants to hire a security guard to patrol the library grounds and Main Street at dusk.