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From the Space Needle to Needles on the Streets: The Emerald City is Losing Its Luster

Brett Davis

Posted on June 3, 2021 05:56

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Seattle was a great American metropolis. Now it’s a mecca of out-of-control homelessness and virtue-signaling politicians who have no interest in restoring public order.

It’s not inconceivable to think Seattle’s Elvin Williams was attempting to flee the urban nightmare of his home city for the not-exactly-greener pastures of the Middle East and the Islamic State. The young man arrested by federal authorities for allegedly attempting to join the caliphate-less terrorist group may have been driven mad by living conditions in Seattle such that the austere and harsh order of the Islamic State appealed to him. Surely the theocratic proto-state wouldn’t, unlike Seattle, tolerate homeless encampments, the stench of human waste everywhere and dirty needles littering the streets/dirt roads, right?

This is an exaggeration, to be sure, but not by much. Not that long ago, Seattle was the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest — the best known city in Washington state — famous for its scenic beauty, Space Needle, being home to corporate tech behemoths like Amazon, Microsoft, and of course, coffee in the form of the ubiquitous Starbucks.

Today, Seattle is synonymous with one of the worst homeless problems in the nation, immersed in mayhem, fear and government lethargy. Major swaths of the Emerald City are jammed with tents as part of burgeoning homeless encampments, bringing with them disease, crime and a lowering of the quality of life for those who live and work in the area.

Businesses are fleeing. Parents are rightly concerned about the safety of their children at schools now threatened by the hazards of nearby tent cities. The government itself is under siege by an army of the unhoused, unable to even protect the King County Courthouse from the scourge of a vagrant horde. (The author can attest to this, having visited the building a few years ago to begin the process of getting his concealed pistol license. Tents, the pungent odor of urine, and aggressive panhandlers dominate the area.)

Meanwhile, city leadership — doing its best modern-day interpretation of Nero — virtue signals while Seattle burns. Consider city leaders’ lack of virtue in somehow — no one is quite sure how exactly — fighting systemic racism via the construction of a 26-block, $700 million waterfront park in the downtown area. More space, no doubt, for homeless people of color. How very woke.

In September, the capable Carmen Best resigned as police chief in response to the City Council approving a proposal to slash the police department budget by $4 million and cut as many as 100 officers from an already dwindling police force. Lame duck Mayor Jenny Durkan has been similarly useless. She previously used the term "summer of love" in characterizing protesters taking over a six-block zone in the heart of downtown for weeks after police vacated a nearby precinct building.

In other words, no pragmatic, reality-based solution to the crime and homeless crisis appears forthcoming from current leadership, including those running to replace Durkan.

Maybe Elvin Williams should have turned out the lights in trying to leave Seattle.

Brett Davis

Posted on June 3, 2021 05:56

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Source: Daily Mail

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