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So then... The solution to homelessness IS going to be achieved through making life more COMFORTABLE for people that are struggling????
Or maybe, more probably.... The solution to homelessness is going to be achieved through making life more miserable for people that are NOT struggling? The more hobo encampments we have to fight our way through to get from our homes to our jobs and back again the better??? (That seems to be the Seattle "solution").
Oh wait: does that mean they need to blame someone else except for the boneheaded "feel-good" policies that don't work?
Liberals spending that taxpayers dough!
Swing those bike racks to the left
Charge that city - it ain't theft-
Promenade those bikes to the right
We don’t want no tent city blight-
To the Dosey-dooooooooooe-
Keep the racks, remove the racks, it matters not. That underpass is going away when the Viaduct comes down in a few years. Then you'll have nothing to complain about!
benches are NOT made for people to sleep on — how is this fact making life more miserable for the homeless? i'm about as left as you can get on most issues and do have sympathy for those less fortunate, but the constant enabling of the homeless to do whatever the hell they want in this city totally confounds me.
Some of us happen to think that tents surrounded by garbage, needles and human waste are hostile architecture...for the people living in them, as much as surrounding neighbors. Where's Mike when we need to put shelter-building into hyperdrive?
I thought you ppl were all about teh individualisumz?
Let's see, you don't want them in the streets, but you don't want your precious, precious tax dollars going to pay for shelters.
If you don't like living among people exercising their Gawd-given right to live as they may or may not want to live, why don't you move to your mythical, off-the-grid, off-the-publicly-funded-roads, not-beholden-to-any-gubmint-at-all, shack in the woods?
It's only American individualism when it's you and your cronies, isn't it?
Fuck off and die.
First of all, so-called "hostile architecture" doesn't make their lives more miserable. THEY are the ones making their lives more miserable. And all these measures do is say to them, "No, this is public space that belongs to ALL of us. You don't get to take it over for your own personal use and trash it and exclude everyone else." It's also keep them from camping in unsafe places, like areas with car traffic nearby.
Second, when it comes to the subset of the so-called "homeless" who are really just addicts and criminals preying on others, we SHOULD make their lives more miserable. If you're stealing from innocent hard working citizens to fund your drug habit, or assaulting other homeless people or civilians, or turning our city into a trash heap and leaving your dangerous needles everywhere, I WANT you to miserable, because you deserve it. If you're a thieving junkie, it's SUPPOSED to suck.
And you know what? Making them miserable to the point they can't take it anymore will convince some of them to turn their lives around, because they've hit bottom. Every recovering addict I've ever known says hitting bottom is what made them change. It's too bad the city council doesn't understand basic human nature. As long as we allow them to camp where they want, they will, and they'll have no motivation to change. As for the rest, if they don't want to get clean, with any luck they'll move on to and become some other city's problem instead.
Seven homeless individuals have died in 2017, many hard-working citizens have been attacked - and that is only what was reported in the news. Minors have been raped, toddlers have been found wandering in filth and completely uncared for. And THIS is the best grandstanding these City Council "leaders" can do?
You all spend millions upon millions to the Homeless Industrial Complex with no results and over 130 uncoordinated "service providers" who are all scrambling for their piece of the taxpayer-funded pie. More spin and more lies - while you conflate those truly needing and wanting help with the moochers, felons, sex-offenders, and "service resistant" people. All the while Sawant puts out calls to "Pack City Hall, stop the sweeps"! Citizens try to speak at these meetings and are shouted down by the Sawant followers.
Sure - go ahead, blame Amazon or those "wealthy homeowners" or insert-your-next-target-here... all the while rubberstamping unchecked growth and raising taxes - what... seven times to pay for more 'services' - displacing even more people (yes renters, you pay property taxes too). Have you seen a 'sweep'? It's the Navigation Team compassionately offering assistance over and over and over before an area is cleaned up of human waste and needles. How about pragmatic solutions to the homeless issue - or is that beyond the Council mindset?
Perhaps if fewer people were homeless, there would not need to be so many service providers pulling valuable tax dollars with no oversight. We - the rest of the Seattle citizenry - are tired of the waste and grandstanding. Seattle is getting destroyed by utter incompetence