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Skybridge cleaning crews say homeless people are using the stairwells as a home of sorts.

Turning the stairs into trash cans and toilets.

The crews sweep up trash and scrub the floors each day.

Lately, when the day crew shows up, they expect to find cigarette butts, empty beer cans, and even bodily fluids on the floors.

The janitor says, "These guys figure, oh hey, we got people cleaning up after ourselves, why do we need to pick up after ourselves, and I don't know if they have places to go."

Both janitors, who asked us to protect their identities, say the trash problem has been growing. A group of homeless people hang out in the bridge's stairwells. Leaving plenty of evidence behind.

"We're doing a lot of cigarette butts, beer cans, urine, I've had to do vomit twice in a four day period."

The two person crew cleans the bridge every day. They want to see the city take extra steps to help keep it clean.

"We don't see anything really happening, this is an everyday occurrence for us."

Davenport alderman Bill Boom says the janitors are seeing an ongoing problem. One that doesn't have an easy solution.

"It's just one of those things that we're just going to have to address as we go along, and I don't think it's an inordinate number of people, but it's things I don't want to have to see in our downtown."

Boom says a summer study shows people are pretty happy with Davenport. Although it also said people still feel safer there during the day rather than at night. He says fighting that crime perception could also tackle the Skybridge problem.

"It's a little off the beaten path to have police officers roaming that thing as a regular course of business, but in the future we might consider doing something like that."

That would suit Tyrone Wilson just fine. He likes visiting the Skybridge occasionally.

"I hope to not see anybody littering if I do I will call the police on them."

Wilson says this is a unique spot in Davenport. Too nice a place to let get filthy.

"When you came up here it was clean and if you start than everybody will start, and it's not going to be a nice place to visit."

The day crew cleans the bridge in the early afternoon after the lunch time exercise crowd clears out.

They suspect the homeless group comes in earlier in the day when the doors open up because they have no place else to go.

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