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Seattle Begins to Clear Notorious Greenwood Encampment

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Breaking: Start the Sweeps Seattle

City crews are finally clearing the notorious Greenwood encampment at the corner of 1st Avenue NW & N. 87th Street. At one point, there were easily more than 30 people living here in tents, RV’s, and wooden structures. Right now, outreach workers are offering shelter and services. But many campers are refusing. That’s because most of these situations are being fueled by the drug crisis, and addicts want the freedom to use. Guys were still smoking fentanyl in tents when I went by Thursday morning! Neighbors say this area has experienced a spike in gun violence and all kinds of drug activity since the summer. Let that sink in. It’s been allowed to flourish for at least six months! Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs are also constantly being targeted by thieves.

When YouTube influencer and investigative journalist Tyler Oliveira (@tyleraloevera) was in Seattle last month, we uncovered a camouflage “trap tent” being used by drug addicts and dealers. Luxury cars would stop by regularly. Once again, these encampments are being used as cover for illicit activity.

Crazy part is, encampments have been swept from this area numerous times in the past couple years. I got the video proof. That’s why neighbors are already asking what’s being done to prevent the campers from coming back? I’ve reached out to Councilmember Dan Strauss (@CMDanStrauss) and the Mayor (@mayorofseattle.) I will let you know if they get back to me with a clear game plan. This is arguably one of the most difficult whack a mole situations in the city.

By the way, volunteers with FAR-LEFT activist group Stop The Sweeps Seattle are here. They hate the Mayor and are still trying to undercut his plans to address the homeless crisis. They’re giving rides to campers and helping them set up again in other neighborhoods. Insane. I also saw their crew at the pro-Hamas Seattle highway takeover this past weekend. Their tentacles are all over the city.

Back in August 2023

Look how long this madness was allowed to flourish!

Back in September 2023

Neighbors have been complaining for months. This disaster kept growing and growing.

Back in October 2022

We got receipts! This is what it looked like near Bartell’s and Fred Meyer. This is not an affordable housing crisis. It’s being fueled by drugs.

Remember the Squatters?

Across the street from Fred Meyer, you have the Janus Apts. Squatters in one of the rooms were allegedly selling drugs to the people on the streets back in October 2022.

Greenwood Town Hall

Back in Oct. 2022, neighbors gathered at Taproot Theater to express frustration. Many in crowd felt officials were making excuses+putting needs of homeless ahead of public safety.

Strauss on Sidewalks

I believe @CMDanStrauss was trying to respond with empathy, but this one did not land well. Lots of jeers from crowd when panel did not give concrete solutions.

Cost of Doing Biz in Seattle

Again in Oct. of 2022, representative from @FredMeyerStores showed up to let neighbors know some concrete steps were being taken to enhance security.

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.