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June 8, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Mayoral candidates debate street disorder

Consider new policies

Eight candidates for Seattle mayor debated questions at a forum sponsored by the business community. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn answers a question. To his left are, State Sen. Edward B. Murray; businessman and arts patron Charlie Staadecker; architect and former City Council member Peter Steinbrueck. (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Eight candidates for Seattle mayor debated questions at a forum sponsored by the business community. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn answers a question. To his left are, State Sen. Edward B. Murray; businessman and arts patron Charlie Staadecker; architect and former City Council member Peter Steinbrueck. (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Anyone who walks in the downtown core cannot help but notice the ongoing street disorder that continues unabated despite the Metropolitan Improvement District, the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, and increased, targeted police patrols [“Mayoral hopefuls take heat on city disorder,” NWFriday, June 7].And if city and county funding and city policies have created an environment that mayoral candidates say demands more police response, shouldn’t we all be looking to new policies?

Clearly, the economy and defunding of services have created greater need and desperation among the growing ranks of the poor. But the ongoing, deliberate policies and funding that concentrate deep poverty and mental illness in the heart of our city make it nearly impossible to make our downtown streets safe, secure or inviting. At what point do these policies and decisions, and their deleterious impact, become irreversible? Seattle’s leaders seem completely unwilling to address this core issue.

Some of the mayoral candidates talked about the need for dispersing services and housing. We couldn’t agree more, but also wonder if the political will really exists among our city leaders to make the changes necessary to address the issues head on.

Kate Marrone and Bruce Patt, Seattle

Comments | Topics: disorder, mayor, Mayor Mike McGinn

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