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Blasting Music All Night Long at Encampment

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For the past few days, homeless campers living near Stone Avenue North and 128th Street in north Seattle say some really loud music started blaring from a cluster of speakers mounted on the Comcast service building.

Dana, a homeless woman living nearby, says a really annoying medley of classical music, like Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, was driving everyone nuts at all hours of the day. 

Another man, Arthur, says it was hard to sleep, and “it would be the same song over and over and over.”  He described it as “music that will effect your psyche.”

I asked, “How do you sleep with that loud music?”  Dana said, “I go elsewhere.”

Dana believes the cable giant is targeting them for living on the street, hoping they would pack up and go away:  “Oh yeah, yeah. It’s the same speaker that normally warnings to trespassers, now blasting tunes…. Because they want the people to leave. They can’t think of a better way to do it.”

The Comcast building was closed by the time I got there Monday evening. I did reach out to the company, hoping for an explanation. But so far, no response. 

Tyler Kummer at the auto shop across the street says there is no doubt that Comcast intentionally blasted music.  He says, “Comcast, one of the managers over there came over here and asked if it would impact us. And we were like no. Go for it.”

He adds, “As far as I know they’re playing it all night long to drive the homeless out of the neighborhood … but it doesn’t seem to have moved anybody.”

John C. says this is the first time in days he isn’t hearing a full-blown symphony orchestra playing above his tent, but believes there could be another remix on the way.  

He says he’ll keep me posted if the music starts again.

I ask him if he there’s anything he’d like to say to Comcast.

His response was only, “Nothing.  They’re f***ed up … for that I have nothing to say.”

Blind Rage

Side streets along N.Aurora Ave. have homeless camps blocking sidewalks. But this blind man had enough. @ADANational needs to scrutinize potential Americans w/ Disabilities Act violations caused by encampments in #Seattle.

This Is Seattle

In second video, blind man is struggling to walk through debris on sidewalk from homeless encampment. A woman starts arguing w/blind man and accuses him of harassment. Parts of city still upside down.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.