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#abq4ward: Small business owners say crime problem hits them hard

Chris Ramirez
August 08, 2017 10:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Downtown is more than just the center of the city. It's the nerve center of New Mexico. With homeless feeding centers and shelters in the area, downtown has become the prime spot for vagrancy, loitering, even public intoxication and drug use.

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KOB reached out to small business owners interested in the problems they face each day. Many expressed interest. Chris Ramirez sat down with them to talk about the crime problem. Watch the video above to hear what they had to say.

The group made one thing clear. They understand what capitalism is all about and the risk they assumed when they opened shop downtown. But they unanimously agree their government has not provided an environment for them to thrive.

Study after study shows businesses in crime-ridden areas report a loss of revenue and damaged reputations. The truth is crime repels business, and these business leaders suspect downtown has a hard time recruiting major retail stores.

This group is optimistic. They have to be running a small business, but they are begging the city to listen to their concerns and fight for them.

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Chris Ramirez

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