Are you afraid to go downtown?
Does a story like this make you afraid – or is it just a sad fluke: Two new immigrants are recovering after being slashed with a knife in downtown Winnipeg last Thursday.
They were taking a class for new Canadians around the 300-block of Portage, and went outside during a break, only to be approached by a suspect who was trying to sell them something. The woman’s purse was taken. They newcomers tried to retrieve it. That’s when they were slashed.
Just the other week, a woman called into my show to say she worked downtown and had been attacked seven times. She now lives in the country, where she says she feels safe. The same day a man who lives downtown also called, but said he’s always ready to fight and protect himself, because he has been forced to do that many times already.
A friend says her doctor is downtown and that’s they only time she’ll go there. And even if it’s daylight, she’s still afraid and “runs” to the office.
But, I also know many people who work and play downtown who are happy with the progress it makes and feel this progress continues.
So, what grade to you give our downtown for safety? What grade do you give our downtown for progress? And is Winnipeg’s downtown as scary as some say, or is that just a stereotype that needs to die? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.