In the latest story on the failures of Seattle’s liberal homeless, drug, and crime policies, KOMO News details how tent encampments have made many of Seattle’s 500 parks unusable for most of Seattle’s residents.
Five years after Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine declared the city’s homeless crisis an emergency, the problem continues to get worse and even more people are living a cruel existence.
Literally billions of city, county, state, and federal tax dollars have been spent to solve the problem, yet the only tangible results have been more encampments and more people on the public payroll (and paying dues to wealthy government employee unions).
After KOMO TV ran its “Seattle is Dying” documentary in February of 2019, Mayor Durkan ordered some of the more visible encampments to be removed in the months leading up to last November’s municipal elections. Yet as soon as the elections were over, the encampments soon returned.
Now, the problem has been spread to all of Seattle’s neighborhoods. Throughout this once beautiful city, Seattle’s playgrounds and parks have been overtaken by homelessness, drug usage, and criminal behavior.
The parks are no longer safe places for children to play, take dogs for a walk, or a quiet place to enjoy nature. 911 calls continue to escalate as neighbors report criminal behavior and dangerous conditions in, and around, parks.
After the radical Seattle City Council defunded the navigation teams which helped people relocate when homeless camps were deemed a danger, none of the council members has provided any plans to alleviate the problem. As one parks advocate stated, “This has got to be on the council. I think the council has allowed this to happen.”
Despite governments (specifically the City of Seattle) continuing to raise taxes and spending literally billions of dollars to alleviate the homeless, drug, and crime problems, the situation continues to get worse and thousands live in the cruel reality which liberal policies have created and are now enabling.