The Downtown Management District developed a new program where public safety guides will be patrolling the area seven days a week beginning at 9:00 AM daily. Their first official shift will begin on Sunday. The guides will help pedestrians by giving them directions, notify police about situations if necessary, and help homeless people connect with social services.
I am notorious for lacking any sense of direction at all, so having someone help to point me in the right direction, especially in downtown, doesn’t sound terrible. Also, it is true that Downtown Houston needs some help in certain areas; however, how much is this going to cost, and who is paying for it? Is it the City of Houston or the Management District? We need more information on this new venture. I really hope the eight guides don’t cost more than it would to just buy everyone a GPS for their car!