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Shopping in Little Saigon’s Stolen Goods Market

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Day After Christmas Blowout

Seattle’s Little Saigon neighborhood is bustling with action! The black market of stolen goods is thriving at 12th Ave & Jackson St. I was hunting for Legos and Pokemon cards. Didn’t find any.

Instead, dude offered me an Apple Watch and Air Pods. Another fellas was pressuring me to buy an Ermengildo Zegna tie that looked brand new. The boys are upgrading to high end lux. Don’t worry, you can still find plenty of paper towels and Tide pods for pennies on the dollar. Asian grandmas love this stuff. By the way, those tax payer funded signs discouraging people not to buy stolen items ain’t working. Also, fentanyl is so cheap out here. 50 cents per pill. CM Tammy Morales’ (@CMTammyMorales) district is falling apart. Nothing has changed in “Tammy Town.” Will the city actually focus on improving this Asian American neighborhood in 2024?

Remember This?

In April, Markham McIntyre w/the Seattle Office of Economic Development spoke at a press conference and said city crews would focus more on improving Little Saigon/Chinatown-ID. It looks the same. What happened?

Back in April

The King County Metro bus shelter was still at 12th Ave & Jackson St. It’s now been removed. Also, there were no warning signs telling people not buy stolen merch. Otherwise, nothing has changed. It looks exactly the same.

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.