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Bus Shelter Removed Due to Drug Use in International District, but Has it Helped?

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Will it Make a Difference?

First weekend in #Chinatown-ID without the 12th Ave & Jackson St bus shelter. King County Metro (@KingCountyMetro) dismantled it because addicts were using it as a drug den and trash dump. Just to be clear, it is still a functional stop. But on rainy or snowy days, there will be no place to take cover.

Meanwhile, it’s good to see Seattle Police patrolling this area. But all the action continues to scatter onto side streets whenever officers show up. I recently spoke to SPD Captain Steve Strand who is one of the main points of contact for the #CID. He says many customers fueling the black market of stolen goods are the Chinese and Vietnamese grandmas and grandpas looking for a good deal.

Authorities are trying to disrupt demand by educating this immigrant community, but something is clearly getting lost in translation. #Seattle Btw, still no sign of Councilmember Tammy Morales (@cmtammymorales.) Homeless and drug crisis out of control in her district.

Final Look

The notices went up a couple weeks ago. REASON: “Ongoing safety issues and unsanitary conditions.” City and county leaders are trying to address one of the most notorious hot spots for drug dealing and sales of stolen merchandise.

Re-Focus on Chinatown-ID

Even during All-Star Week, this neighborhood did not get an extra boost in business. Crime, open air drug use, and lawlessness destroyed this Asian American community. The fans just used the place to park their cars. #Seattle

Human Tragedy

The fentanyl crisis continues to play out on multiple streets in Seattle, especially in places like #Chinatown-ID. A young man in his 20’s showed me the early stages of “TRANQ FENTANYL” eating away at his skin.

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.