Homeless coalition quotables

At meetings this week to address a public safety emergency on 500 West and Rio Grande, participants uttered some memorable quotes:

“We had to step over three piles of human excrement as we walked north on 500 West,” Rio Grande District business owner (Btw, you can’t unsee that.)


“Law enforcement is having a hard time nationwide right now. What I see in Salt Lake City is huge support from citizens… I don’t want to get choked up about it… Even when people are frustrated we get their support. It means a ton to us—so thank you.” — Salt Lake City Police Lt. Andrew Oblad after being grilled on the ineffectiveness of police patrols in Pioneer Park area.


“The west side of Salt Lake City is not an appropriate location for a new facility,” Mayor Ben McAdams in answer to a citizen’s concern that the west side will bear the brunt of the relocation of homeless shelters. (West siders, write that down.)

“In Salt Lake, our hearts are big and our hands are big. No, that’s not right.” Mayor McAdams realizing he just inadvertently taken a jibe at Donald Trump. “I mean our hearts are big and our hands are generous! That’s it.”  (Ben got it right the first time at the second meeting.)

Glen Warchol
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The late, great Glen Warchol passed away in 2018. His last billet was on the editorial staff here at Salt Lake magazine but his storied career included stops at The Salt Lake Tribune, The Desert News, The New Times and others. His stories haunt this website like ghosts in a machine and we're always happy to see them. RIP Papa Warchol.

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