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January 10, 2005

Bush's Seattle

I was asked by four people for money within 3 minutes on 15th Avenue in Seattle. Coming out of the drug store, there was a man who seemed like an addict - he asked me for change. Crossed the street, a homeless teen with one-eye closed shut asked me for change. Crossed another street, another kid asked, "What about me?" Then came up to a Real Change vendor. Later, left a coffee shop - the same addict was there again - he asked me for change again and was surprised when I told him I already gave him some.

I used to live in this neighborhood - 15th was sort of upscale - what does it say about our quality of life when we're constantly solicited walking down the street? What does it say about the sad state of affairs for these folks? Do we really want to live in a society where we've grown so used to this that we just ignore them as standard behavior - and allow their struggle to fade into the background of our mind?

This is Bush's Seattle. But it's also Mayor Nickel's Seattle - he wants to have us taxpayers build a new Key Arena for billionaire Howard Schultz. It's also the Seattle Times' Seattle - they want taxpayers to fund that arena too. And, it's our Seattle - what are we going to do about it?

Posted by Jeff on January 10, 2005 at 09:27 PM in Washington Culture | Permalink

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