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August 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Capitol Hill is regularly mentioned as one of the trendiest neighborhoods to live and hang out in Seattle, but it also seems to have become a magnet for criminal behavior and hate incidents. What’s most alarming is that these incidents are happening in a community long-defined by its tolerance of cultural diversity and same-sex relationships.
In a Monday blog post by our community news partner Capitol Hill Seattle, writer Sam Heft-Luthy reported on a spike in crime and at least seven different hate incidents over the summer that included allegations of homophobia or racism.
Seattle police report an overall decrease in violent crime citywide, with the exception of robberies. Seattle police are not sure whether these recent incidents in Capitol Hill were perpetrated by repeat offenders, outsiders or drunk people frequenting the area’s many bars.
The perception of a crime spree has inflated my own fear of walking through Capitol Hill at night — something I used to do on a regular basis, whether it was to get to and from a friend’s house or a nearby eatery. Several weeks ago, I feared two men were following me home to my Capitol Hill building. It was the creepiest experience I’ve had in Seattle. Our front door auto-locked before they could enter the lobby.
The Seattle Times editorial board published this Aug. 22 editorial calling on the mayoral candidates to offer “longer term, broader strategies” to combat rampant crime in downtown Seattle. They should extend their attention to Capitol Hill — a destination for locals, students tourists and transients. No one should fear for his or her safety on a city street once the sun goes down. (more…)
June 10, 2013 at 7:15 AM
Creation of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus will draw focused attention in the other Washington to the health and restoration of Puget Sound. Years of work by former congressman Norm Dicks is put into a familiar context on Capitol Hill.
Credit goes to Reps. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, and Derek Kilmer-D-Gig Harbor, for co-founding a working group that looks exclusively at Puget Sound, and all it means to the region.
As the two representatives noted in a statement last week, the caucus will focus in the immediate future on three recovery priorities: preventing pollution from urban storm water runoff, protecting and restoring habitat and restoring and re-opening shellfish beds.
What Heck and Kilmer have done is to create a forum where all the relevant activities, features and roles of Puget Sound can be promoted in Congress: water quality, conservation, treaty rights, resource management, recreation and economic development, among others.
Puget Sound is the nation’s second largest estuary. Tucked into the upper left-hand corner of the U.S. it can seem pretty distant, indeed, remote to others. Or about the same way Washingtonians feel about the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay, both of which have congressional caucuses.
Competition for attention and federal funds is intense. Forming a caucus to help educate colleagues about the issues surrounding the health, use and enjoyment of Puget Sound is an admirable effort.