Three of the fifteen people interviewed mentioned the

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Three of the fifteen people interviewed mentioned the negative impact publicizing these cities does to businesses. When the news spread that a tent city has been set, most people will start viewing that locality as a filthy place. Some industries like tourism will not be able to survive this publicity because they rely mostly on people coming to the area. Even in normal
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Surname 7 circumstances, any business locality benefits from new visitors coming to the area and hence with the mentioning of tent city or a shanty town no visitors will be interested in the locality ( Herring, 305) . Consequently, ten people agreed to the question that since the setup of a tent city in Ballard there had been no new businesses that had set up in the locality while each of the fifteen could mention at least one company that had relocated since the setup of the shanty town in Ballard. Another aspect that lowers the confidence of business people in tent city localities is lawlessness. Interestingly, each of the fifteen people agreed that cases of crime had risen since the beginning of tent city. One of the business people had a vivid explanation of what had driven up crime rates in the area that had earlier been peaceful. According to him, desperation among the youths in the camp was the main course for increased crime rates. Besides, most of the teenagers are vulnerable to drug abuse and once they are addicted there is no turning back. When asked how these crimes had directly contributed to lack of business confidence in the locality, many cited the reduced working hours since the nights usually are very dangerous to operate in with roaming youths. Also, some of the teens break into peoples' businesses and steal valuables from the companies. Among the fifteen people interviewed ten were business people. The research was interested in the hypothesis that since tent cities increased populations to localities whether this translated to increased revenues for the business. Contrary to the widespread expectation, all the business people reported that they had experience decreased sales over time. There seems to be no straight answer to the questions why the opposite of expectations happens. Two claimed that one of the reasons was that people with higher incomes had moved out of the area with the start of the tent city (Sparks 850) . Three of the ten business people alleged that most of their sales had
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Surname 8 been to fellow business people and they had suffered a lot since majority moved from the locality. One person mentioned that most of the people living in the tents didn't have any source of income and they brought no impact. These combined views may in a way explain the low revenues despite the increased population. If people living in the tents don't have the income to spend then there impact in local business would be zero, but because of movements from the area, then the net effect in sales is likely to be zero. The low revenues were sighted as the number one reason why most businesses thought of relocating from the area.
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