I lived at the Newmark at 2nd and Pike for 10 years. This is no surprise to me. The city has always promised and never delivered on keeping that area safe.
I remember one Sunday morning a few years back when I took my dog for a walk, and two young thugs were bouncing another man's head off of Second Avenue at Pike. The perps walked away north on 2nd, SPD casually arrived, yawned, and did a useless investigation. The perps walked free.
I've personally been confronted by coke-heads and worse on the block between 1st and 2nd on Pike many times. I've watched people get beat up at 3 in the morning from my condo. Calling SPD did nothing.
The most chilling scenes, though, have been when I've seen what we make our tourists walk through to get to the Market. Young tourist families with strollers getting nasty people in their faces. It's quite disgusting and represents a complete lack of understanding by the city of the value our tourists represent and the money they bring to the city. Then there are the "sweeps" that SPD does periodically to raise their PR rating, but not to solve the problem. It's still a drug-infested rat hole.
I finally gave up and moved away. What a waste.
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