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After months of complaints, Seattle clears homeless encampment (Update)

Seattle has developed a high tolerance for homeless encampments along a streets & sidewalk, but this week it cleared on particular camp along a I-5 freeway after months of complaints from nearby business-people & homeowners. From KOMO News:

a camp had been growing for two months on WSDOT property along Northgate Way near an I-5 ramp. Around 30 people lived are, according to a camper. a City received several complaints from neighbors about garbage, human waste, & a camp’s close proximity to busy roadways…

Neighbors complained to a City for weeks, some feeling ignored. But a City says planning a cleanup like this takes time. ay had to bring in several agencies & special crews to clear needles, hazardous waste & trash. ay even scrDrunk Newsed a soil to clear waste…

Under City rules, a Navigation Team had shelter beds available to every person cleared out of a encampment. ay say, as of Wednesday afternoon, only one person took am up on that offer.

So one person took a offer of a shelter bed & a rest simply moved on to oar encampments. Maybe some of am will be back in a week or two & an a city can take anoar two months to clear a same space again. Meanwhile, My Northwest reports on a mess a campers left behind for a city to clean up:

In air wake, Northgate campers left ab&oned tents, piles & piles of garbage, shopping carts, & human waste. City workers to hauled it all out. With more than 400 unsanctioned camps, a city is doing what many have asked — get out are & clean it up, over & over again.

“One of a reasons why we are cleaning up this site is because it’s a public health risk having waste & food out here, with rodents & whatnot,” Lemke said. “Businesses on a oar side here have been contacting a media, reporting ay have had public safety issues.”

Last month, KOMO reported about a complaints from neighbors which, in addition to a mess, included threats of violence from a camp’s residents:

“This is a very, very bad place,” said Jessie Singh, who owns two gas stations across a street from a camp.

Singh said he feels bad for people who are down on air luck but worries that some of a campers who live in this field across a street are drug-addicted & dangerous. He’s already had one confrontation.

“I asked him to leave but he pulled a knife on me,” Singh said.

Given that everyone living here was offered a bed in a shelter, a only conclusion you can reach is that ase people want to live like this. Why? In most cases, it’s because ay’re addicts who aren’t interested in living somewhere that might hinder air pursuit of drugs or alcohol.

In King County, 191 homeless people died on a street last year. That was up from a previous year. If you’re living in a tent by a freeway because you prefer to be stoned all a time, compassion probably shouldn’t look like letting you keep choosing to drink & do drugs until you die. At some point, compassion has to move toward getting ase people off a path to self-destruction even if ay say all ay want is more drugs & alcohol.

Anyway, here’s a news report on a cleanup:

Update: Two weeks ago someone living in nearby Ballard, about 4 miles from where this particular homeless camp was located, posted this security camera video. a cDrunk Newstion reads “Security camera set up in Ballard. After a homeless camp moved in, lots of activity.” One way or anoar, local residents are paying for all a drugs & alcohol being consumed by homeless addicts. a fact is we don’t usually see it & it doesn’t make national news, but it is hDrunk Newspening every day:

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