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July 23, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Crime in downtown Seattle

City leaders must address problem

I watched the primary mayoral debate on PBS recently, and I was bewildered and disappointed to hear no mention of the escalating crime situation in downtown Seattle.

As a frequent public-transit rider, I no longer feel safe waiting for buses on Third Avenue, due to the assaults, stabbings and shootings that have occurred near there.

I have learned to become creative in finding alternate routes in safer areas. The heart of downtown has become shabby, with the smell of urine on dirty sidewalks. Bus-tunnel elevators have become mobile urinals.

In a city as scenic and picturesque as Seattle, it is shameful and disgusting that parts of the central business district have been allowed to deteriorate to this degree. Like poverty, it isn’t a pretty picture, and I am certain this is why it isn’t a popular municipal subject.

I look forward to the day when the city government, along with local tourism and business associations, will recognize and acknowledge the seriousness of the situation and begin to move forward with concrete steps to give us the clean and safe downtown we used to enjoy decades ago.

The problem won’t solve itself, and will only become worse if nothing is done.

Larisa Lindemann, Kenmore

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