Between rampant street drug addiction and a laissez faire attitude toward policing by the Ethan Berkowitz Administration, Anchorage’s urban center may have hit a new low during the COVID-19 pandemic.
So says at least one person — the man who snapped the photo above during his morning commute through midtown Anchorage, when he witnessed two people with their pants down around their knees, copulating along the side of Benson Blvd. They were oblivious to the hundreds of people in cars driving by.
“This is your legacy, Mr. Mayor,” wrote the man who snapped the picture and sent it to Mayor Berkowitz.
” It is clear that your administration is completely ignoring this problem. The blight that has descended on our city since you have taken office is unbelievable!”
The roadside attraction was taking place not far from where tents are now lined up along the sidewalk and inebriates commonly block the pedestrian rights of way.
“The retailers in this city are being robbed wholesale by these ‘urban campers, and you do nothing. The rest of us are paying the price for your lack of effort. 2021 can’t come fast enough, so we can hopefully elect someone who actually cares for our city,” the photographer wrote.
Midtown has become an epicenter of lawlessness since the city cleared out the tent city at 3rd Avenue and Ingra Street, after the public staged visible protests. The mayor has created two homeless shelters in the Sullivan and Boeke Arenas in midtown, but many of the lawless street people are not willing to stay in them, due to the rules.
Citizen Judy Eledge said she is furious that Berkowitz is spending his time enforcing mask mandates, but won’t deal with the crime in Anchorage,
“As soon as you put a mask on every vagrant on the street and get this crap off our streets I might pay attention,” she said.
Or at least a condom.