Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

April 14th, 2022 - 7:15 pm § in Politics

GOP legislator says homeless people should copy Hitler’s work ethic

The homeless problem frustrates everyone. They camp on sidewalks, litter, set fires, and get into fights. Here in Seattle, even the courthouse was unsafe (see my posting here). You can’t make them disappear; if you chase them out, they’ll go somewhere else. Efforts to get them into shelt[...]

November 10th, 2021 - 5:59 pm § in Misc., Politics

Will rampant violence end Seattle’s experiment with homeless compassion?

THE CITY’S DOWNTOWN AREA IS SO DANGEROUS THE COUNTY¬† HAS HIRED ESCORTS FOR ITS WORKERS. Read story here Despite that, Seattle’s city council still wants to cut $10 million from the police budget. Read that story here Meanwhile: Voters nationwide are skeptical of efforts to cut police fu[...]

August 15th, 2021 - 3:35 pm § in Law and Courts

This is a crime problem, not a homeless problem

A violent confrontation between a couple who had items stolen from their car and denizens of a homeless camp in downtown Seattle on July 27, 2021, led to a camper being killed, Seattle TV station KIRO-7 reported on August 13, 2021 (see story and video here). The couple were attacked with a machete, [...]

December 18th, 2015 - 7:08 pm § in The Ave Scene

DAVID PRESTON: Homeless in Seattle

David Preston A homeless man scrounges through a Dumpster on 2nd and Columbia in downtown Seattle, looking for flattened cardboard boxes to use as mattress and blanket. I was returning from a public meeting on homelessness and had looked into this nook moments earlier, figuring it was the kind of pl[...]

February 2nd, 2015 - 6:26 pm § in America

Car Camping in Seattle

This shot was taken near a freeway on-ramp in southwest Seattle. It’s a prime spot for car campers since it’s close to a greenbelt where other homeless people congregate. In addition to being a kind of watering hole, the greenbelt makes for a handy place to dump trash, go to the bathroom[...]

December 30th, 2014 - 11:00 am § in America

“Hoarding in Plain Sight” by David Preston

This picture was sent to me by a reader. It shows a woman who camps out at the bus stop in front of a Seattle bank every day, along with all her crap. She’s a textbook “bag lady.” Although it’s possible that this woman is homeless, it’s not likely. She doesn’t pan[...]