Laura Montgomery Williams, co-owner of Lane Mitchell Jewelry, took this photo from the second story of her office building at 102 E. Pikes Peak Ave. She and other downtown business owners say the vagrant presence affects their bottom line.

Downtown’s vagrant presence has reached such proportions, business owners are digging into their own pockets to hire extra security. Also, an effort by a cadre of women business owners has led to police placing more emphasis on the problem. Downtown business owner and investor Kevin O’Neil says he’ll commit $20,000 to hire around-the-clock security to […]

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