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Colonial Village: The Heartbeat of Early America.
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Homelessness in Colonial New England

Since starting this weekly column in June 2022 I’ve covered lots of topics, including homelessness in late medieval England — but I’ve shorted American history. Since today, April 19, is the anniversary of the battles in Lexington and Concord that started the Revolutionary War in 1775, it’s a good day on which to take a rapid ride through the New England countryside and summarize common responses to homelessness in the 17th and 18th centuries. Read More ›
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SCOTUS Will Hear Arguments in Controversial Homelessness Case that Will Impact Cities Nationwide

As homelessness hits all-time highs across the country, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments next Monday about whether the enforcement of generally applicable laws regulating camping on public property are constitutional. The case will determine how cities nationwide are allowed to respond to the crisis of homelessness. Read More ›
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Fireworks Expected at Tuesday Night’s Redmond City Council Meeting

Expecting another contentious Redmond City Council meeting Tuesday evening. A few weeks ago, neighbors and activists with Safe Eastside accused City Planning Director Carol Helland of fast tracking the controversial Plymouth Housing land transfer without public input. Read More ›
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Controversial Low Barrier Housing Project Protected from Journalists’ Inquiries

Why are Plymouth Housing leaders afraid of journalists? An internal email shows how staff allegedly asked Redmond PR guy Derek Wing for cover. Read More ›
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Rally Expected at Redmond City Hall to Protest Low Barrier Housing Project

Another huge rally expected in front of Redmond City Hall Tuesday at 6:00pm. Then neighbors and activists will pack Council Chambers for public testimony. Former Plymouth Housing staffer Tasha Mae is sharing horror stories about this homeless housing provider. Read More ›
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Homeless Man and Repeat Offender Appears Before Court After Third Arrest

Friday afternoon, Seattle Police arrested homeless man Steve Irwin in Dr. Jose Rizal Park. This is now the THIRD TIME cops have taken Irwin away in handcuffs since last October. Neighbors called 911 after noticing heavy machinery and an elaborate encampment. Read More ›
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The Homeless Are Cooking Rats

The homeless are cooking rats in the East Duwamish Greenbelt. This is by far one of the nastiest discoveries I have ever made at a Seattle encampment. The area is also packed with tents, trash, needles, and all kinds of debris. Read More ›
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Seattle CARE Team Helps the Homeless

Downtown Seattle is on the comeback trail and the CARE Crisis Team is helping move the needle in the right direction. Crews get dispatched with police, or cops call them to assist in situations that usually involve some type of mental health or substance abuse problem. Read More ›
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Burien Seeking Police Chief Replacement as Downtown Deteriorates

It appears embattled Burien Police Chief Ted Boe is heading out the door. Boe has not officially been fired. But Thursday evening, City Manager Adolfo Bailon sent out an email saying they are looking for his replacement. Read More ›
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Drugs and Homelessness

Last week we gave our third annual set of Zenger Prizes to ten journalists for articles or podcasts that emphasize good street-level reporting and a willingness to see that all human beings have value. One of the winners we announced is Sam Quinones, for an article he wrote in The Atlantic updating his acute analysis of America's drug crisis. Read More ›