Arcata Plaza Problems
I don't know what to make of the problems people are having with the Arcata Plaza. Seems like any decent size town has an area where all the low lifes and derelicts hang out. In Eureka it's the Old Town area. In Arcata it's the Plaza. Is more police power the answer to the problem? I don't know but some apparently think so.
Some are suggesting the HSU cops start working with the Arcata PD in cracking down on whatever nefarious activities take place on the Plaza. Legalities aside, I don't know that that would really do much. I also find it ironic that Rollin Richmond, President of HSU, is one of those pushing for more enforcement on the Plaza since, arguably, the presence of HSU contributes to the problems on the Plaza since it effectively makes Arcata a "college town". One wonders how many of the hangers out on the Plaza would keep hanging out if it weren't for the presence of the university?
But, like I said, every sizeable town has a red light district of some sort. Too bad for Arcata it's their town Plaza. If the Plaza didn't exist, they'd probably congregate somewhere else. I don't know that more enforcement and more rules would make things any better. Doesn't Arcata have enough rules already?