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September 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Making downtown Seattle more safe

Make resources available Last Saturday’s tragic and senseless stabbing death of Troy Wolff and hospitalization of Kristin Ito cannot be forgotten. [“Guest column: How to make downtown more safe after the death of Troy Wolff,” Opinion, Sept. 19.] We must work on ways to prevent these random acts of violence. Community leaders who have resources to effect…

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Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle | Topics: downtown seattle, homeless, mental illness

September 20, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Making downtown Seattle more safe

Follow up In his guest column on how to make Seattle’s streets safer, Jack McCullough makes good and responsible suggestions. [“How to make downtown more safe after the death of Troy Wolff,” Opinion, Sept. 19.] As a follow-up, the Downtown Seattle Association, as well as other organizations and individuals who support these steps to safer streets,…

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September 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Unpleasant experiences There has been much said and written about the environment in downtown Seattle lately. [“Council, stakeholders discuss downtown crime,” NW Thursday, Sept. 5.] I have been in the area of Pine and Pike at various times making deliveries, and I have seen so many things I consider disturbing and unsafe. I am not trained to…

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Comments | More in Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

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…

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September 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Learn from it, and fix it Yes. Fix it! [“Editorial: Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] But first, write about it so that the voters of the city and the state actually see what has been wrought since President Reagan claimed that we would provide better care to those confined in mental institutions…

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Comments | More in Economy, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: community, downtown seattle, homelessness

August 29, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Downtown Seattle appalls visiting New Yorker

Bleeding-heart policy Former New Yorker Stuart Marvin’s pointed observations about Seattle’s grizzly downtown and his recommended solutions are right-on. [“Downtown crime shocks New Yorker,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 28.] But as someone whose migration pattern is the reverse of his — after 35 years in Western Washington, I moved to metropolitan New York — I know why…

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Comments | More in crime/justice, homeless, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

August 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Violent crime in downtown Seattle

City leaders must face reality Our mayor, using cherry-picked statistics, says violent crime is down in the downtown area. [“Data: Violent crime spikes downtown in summer,” page one, Aug. 13.] As a downtown resident for more than eight years, I have seen street disorder, petty crime, intimidation and minor assaults increase over that time, especially…

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Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, mayor

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…

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Comments | More in Economy, Seattle | Topics: cleanliness, crime, downtown seattle