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‘The Wall’ expected to still lure homeless: Businesses say vandalism, public urination rampant
By Sam Boykin and Deon Roberts Nalin Patel is fed up. As general manager at the Days Inn on North Tryon Street, he said he’s had to deal with homeless people loitering outside his hotel, bothering guests and vandalizing the building for more than 15 years. It’s not uncommon for Patel to show up for his night shift and find people camped out behind the property, with litter strewn everywhere. “There’s always problems,” he said. Some of the homeless Patel complains about could be part of the crowds that gather near “The Wall,” a stretch of Phifer Avenue near the Hal Marshall Center. Ministries feed the homeless at The Wall throughout the week, earning the scorn of businesses who say the homeless are defecating and urinating in public, loitering and destroying their property. Plans call for providing a nearby, Mecklenburg County-owned building at 618 N. College St. as a place to relocate the feeding.