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Interview: Homeless Advocates Concerned With Removal Of 68 Downtown Benches

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The City of Reno has removed 68 benches from downtown using money from its blight fund. Officials say the project is in response to complaints of panhandling. 

Our reporter Bob Conrad has been covering this story for ThisisReno and says the reaction he's received from local advocates for the homeless has been overwhelmingly negative. It's also created some real questions.

“So it’s raising the question of how the city is defining blight and how it’s authorizing the expenditures of this fund.”

To learn more, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to Bob. Listen to their extended interview:

Michelle Billman is a former news director at KUNR Public Radio.
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