In order to make the 16th Street Mall safer, John Desmon of the Downtown Denver Partnership said what they need to do first is make it safer.

A police presence has already been added to the mall and "clicking noises" were added to the electric buses because he says they were initially too quiet to hear coming.

The latest measure is the addition of black and yellow folding gates which block off 14 alleys to keep out unwanted guests.

"The idea behind that is that the alley gates would restrict and notify people that the alleys are restricted basically to people who have business with the adjacent building," Desmond said. "If you have no business being in the alley, then that gives the owners and the police a right to sort of ask you to leave."

The law itself isn't new, but the barricades are now popping up "to educate people" about it are, Desmond said.

So far, it's worked, according to Desmond and his team. And there's at least one person who completely agrees.

Steel didn't want to say his last name. He also doesn't have a home. He said he's been panhandling at the mall for a few months and loves what Downtown Denver Partnership is doing.

"Now there's no, 'Oh, I didn't see that,'" he said.

Steel said he also appreciates the fact that the new way of enforcing this law has reduced the number of homeless people in the area.

"Instead of having a billion poor people, you'll have a billion rich people or at least some money so then you can at least get a little bit," Steel said.

Some homeless people who aren't financially benefiting from the mall's customers are not as pleased with the changes. Ben Dunning said he used to sleep in the alleys for about four-and-a-half years because he liked that the area felt safer.

"It was well patrolled and well lit," Dunning said. "If you had any issues, you weren't far away from places that you could go to get some help if you needed it."

He said that's why he continued to use the alleys even though he admits he knew it was illegal to do so. He said the only reason he never got caught is that he's good at hiding. In fact, he said "most homeless folks are good at hiding."

But with the changes, he said it's harder to hide. Dunning said people without a home have run out of places to go, which is why you might notice even more homeless people around the city.

"Folks are getting more comfortable with, 'Well I can't hide, so as long as I'm not causing any problems, I'll just sleep where folks can see me,'" he said.

However, this is a problem Steel says anyone who chose to sleep in the alleys created for themselves.

"If you choose to follow all the appropriate laws, then you don't run into an issue," Steel said.

And that's the point Downtown Denver Partnership is trying get across with the new gates.

"You treat other people with respect and the property around us with respect," Desmond said. "That's all we ask."