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Metro Removing Jackson St Bus Shelter Due to Safety Concerns and Unsanitary Conditions

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King County Metro (@KingCountyMetro) is removing the bus shelter at 12th Ave and Jackson St in #Chinatown-ID in the coming weeks. Neighbors say the signs were posted a few days ago. REASON: “Ongoing safety issues and unsanitary conditions.” In other words, city and county leaders are now desperately trying to find solutions to address one of the most notorious hot spots for drug dealing, sales of stolen merchandise, and other crimes. These bus shelters are ideal since it gives cover for all the illicit activity.

Problem is, when it rains or snows, Asian American seniors and other riders will have to deal with the elements. As usual, I spent the weekend scoping out all the action. Whenever there’s a Seattle Police officer actively set up on the corner, the insanity dies down. But the moment the officer leaves, it’s back to business as usual. Look at all crazy activity in broad daylight. Once again, some lunatic chased me down the street since he did not want me exposing all their whacked out behavior. I’m fine, but getting too old for this. Always have your running shoes in this hood.

Typical Day in the Hood

For those followING my coverage of this #Chinatown-ID neighborhood, you know exactly what happens near this 12th Ave & Jackson St bus shelter. This is coverage from mid May. Wild scene. #SEATTLE

When is it Going to Stop?

That’s what Asian American senior citizens in Seattle’s #Chinatown-ID are asking as they navigate through the gauntlet of open air drug use and the black market of stolen goods, thriving near 12th Ave and Jackson St. Look at this series of photos taken by a King County Metro (@KingCountyMetro) rider.

Many elderly have to take public transportation to get basics like groceries and prescription drugs. They’re asking once again, “Why do criminals and drug addicts have more rights than us?” Would you want your grandparents facing this reality on the streets? Meanwhile, no one has seen D2 Councilmember Tammy Morales (@CMTammyMorales)board the bus at this #CID stop. Her constituents say she’s never around unless it’s for a photo opportunity.

Zombie Land

No words. This is what our Asian American seniors are facing in #Chinatown-ID. This neighborhood has turned into a human dumping ground under D2 Councilmember Tammy Morales’ (@CMTammyMorales) watch. #Seattle

Public Transportation is a Risk

Why would anyone want to ride King County Metro (@KingCountyMetro)buses at this 12th and Jackson St stop? Here’s a DM one rider just sent me along with these photos.

Crazier at Night

Nothing has changed and it’s a FREE FOR ALL. Open air drug use, more sales of stolen goods, guy urinating near the bus stop. The crazy thing is I know virtually everyone here. This is footage from early May.

Crazy Town

Look at all the insanity even back in March. This was also happening while former Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) was in office. Mayor Bruce Harrell (@MayorofSeattle) just inherited all this.

Happy New Year

Even on January 1, 2023, the 12th Ave and Jackson St bus shelter was packed with drug addicts doing their thing.

At Least the Students Will Appreciate it

Summit Sierra High School had to walk past the open air drug deals under this bus shelter. #Seattle

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.