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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 12, 2013 at 6:22 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

It’s a problem

The problems in downtown Seattle are not just perception. [“Editorial: Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.]

I’ll focus on one day, Aug. 12. I had clients in town who experienced the shooting of a Metro bus driver, the subsequent police chase and the fatal shooting of the gunman. On our walk to lunch at Pike Place Market, we encountered both vomit and feces on the sidewalk. To cap off the day, an apparently homeless man was passed out at my bus stop.

My job moved from Tacoma to Seattle in 2010. I realize that, to many Seattleites, Tacoma is considered the armpit of Western civilization. Yes, the City of Destiny has had its problems. However, through diligence and a strong police presence, including regular bicycle patrols, downtown Tacoma is now a much safer place to be.

I implore the city of Seattle and your future mayor to clean up the downtown core for the safety of its citizens and denizens.

Jill McEntee, Tacoma

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