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PostTue Dec 01, 2020 6:33 pm 
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( * see also previous post * )

asdf wrote:
Vagrancy-style homelessness is a hard problem to truly solve because it's so highly correlated with addiction and mental illness (people who are functioning in society but priced out of local housing, is a lot easier to solve, although it does cost money)

However, that doesn't mean that we must throw up our hands and simply ignore the takeover of public spaces by vagrancy. There is a public park by my house that I have fond memories of our kids playing at over the years, and it's so sad to walk past it now and see tents, aggressive homeless people, needles, tons of garbage and such.

Other peoples' children (and my children's children, eventually) will not be able to enjoy that park.

My appeals to the city and my councilmember have been completely fruitless.

(* emphasis added *)

And there's the crux of it.

I drove up to Mercer Island earlier to pick up an item and then back. On my way back I looked to my left and saw at least a half a mile of homeless encampment under the northbound lanes of I-5.
Whether this is a municipal park or otherwise, it appears to be a garbage dump.

As I noted in my post above, it looks as though the municipal government of Burien at least heard the message about Salmon Creek Ravine and did make some effort to address it - that much is clear. I cannot say to what extent because we didn't walk the entire area.

I have not yet had an opportunity to revisit the other areas I've mentioned, like Oak Tree Park or Swan Creek Park down here in Tacoma. I did get a reply from one City Council member.

There's an old saying about "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." It may well be that continued pressure on local municipal elected officials might well provide some remedy.

Just my lousy two cents, of course. wink.gif

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PostTue Dec 01, 2020 6:35 pm 
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See if this works.  What I thought was a kid, looks to be an adult.

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