The great thing about downtown is that everyone is welcome and
the challenging thing about downtown is that everyone is welcome.
It is this understanding that is at the center of downtown districts around the country. We welcome everyone. The challenge is that along with everyone comes every behavior. Our approach downtown is address negative behaviors. We must come together as a community and share a core set of values of what behaviors we will not tolerate and we need to hear your voice.
The City of Bend Police Department has put together a Downtown Livability Group to discuss and work toward more solutions to address the problem behaviors. The group will be meeting monthly and represents law enforcement, downtown businesses, the city, the county, social services, mental health services, the public library, the park district, and others that are engaged in addressing these issues.
The DBBA will have several representatives involved in the group and will continue to get updates to businesses.