Interurban Trail Trash
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Day One of Interurban Trail Begins as Activists Intervene

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Happening Now

Massive homeless encampment along #Seattle‘s Interurban Trail being cleared after 1 day delay. Neighbors thrilled after complaining about surge in crime related to camp. Already, many homeless refusing shelter options from outreach workers.

Stop the Sweeps at it Again:

Far-left mutual aid group believes moving homeless people to other neighborhoods is right thing to do, claiming shelter conditions are inhumane. At some point @MayorofSeattle and@KCRHA will have to address this INCONVENIENT TRUTH.

What’s Really Happening

Past year, been to most of Seattle’s encampment sweeps and have talked to hundreds of homeless people. VAST MAJORITY echo Bruce Drager. Neighbors DM’ing me right now, asking where homeless are heading next.

Brief History

By all neighbor accounts, Interurban Trail homeless encampment was a disaster. Drug den, chop shop, illegal burns, increase in theft, loud noise. Also, many campers moved her from other recent sweeps.

Top Reasons for Rejecting Shelter Options Offered

*many want tiny house but not enough

1) Do not want to share room w/ “crazy person.”
2) Theft
3) Can’t bring spouse
4) Pets banned unless therapy animal
5) “I have PTSD”
6) Don’t like rules
7) Wants freedom to do drugs
8) Nasty

Two Day Affair

After a delay due to a “misprint,” @SeattleParks scheduled clean up for 2 days because of how spread out this encampment is along Interurban Trail.

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.