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Open Air Drug Den Thriving on Seattle’s 3rd and Pike

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Happy New Year!

I think it’s only fitting that I start the New Year at the corner of 3rd Ave & Pike St in downtown Seattle. I gotta stay on brand.

It’s after midnight and the open air drug den/black market of stolen goods is thriving. All the regulars are here and people are zonked out of their minds on fentanyl. There’s nowhere to go but up right? Happy New Year!

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.