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Drug Use and Stolen Goods Damage Downtown Seattle Core

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Weekend War Zone

As 2023 comes to an end, downtown Seattle remains a train wreck. Fentanyl users are entrenched around 3rd Ave & Pike St. The black market of stolen goods is thriving. And some visitors now carry weapons like mini stun guns to protect themselves. It’s good to see more law enforcement officers making their rounds, but it’s clearly not enough.

If the downtown core eventually turns around, it will take years to unwind the damage done by failed public policies. In the meantime, visit at your own risk and see it all for yourself. Happy New Year.

Code of Conduct

Party goers are going to be drinking alcohol on New Year’s Eve and they will be encouraged to take public transportation. But what if you are so drunk, it becomes a public nuisance? Already happening this weekend.

Overdose City

The weekend isn’t even over, but first responders have already saved multiple people dealing with fentanyl overdoses in downtown Seattle. I caught the tail end of a save. The fella did not want to go to the hospital and get checked out.

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.