Seattle Homelessness

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  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 10,739
    edited January 2021
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  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 26,284
    Ooh, yeah! All right!
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  • oftenreadingoftenreading Victoria, BCPosts: 12,766
    The Tiny Homes pilot project opened this week in Victoria. This involves tiny homes constructed in shipping containers for 30 previously-homeless people on a vacant city lot in a residential neighbourhood. Communal bathrooms with showers are provided. It's looking like a really good idea for a city with horrendous housing costs.

    Here's a 3 minute video on the project:

    https://player.vimeo.com/video/488364518
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  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 33,136
    The Tiny Homes pilot project opened this week in Victoria. This involves tiny homes constructed in shipping containers for 30 previously-homeless people on a vacant city lot in a residential neighbourhood. Communal bathrooms with showers are provided. It's looking like a really good idea for a city with horrendous housing costs.

    Here's a 3 minute video on the project:

    https://player.vimeo.com/video/488364518
    Great idea yes as long as it's not in your neighborhood.

    I passed by one of these in Seattle.  It looked harmless enough but my sister whom lives there said otherwise.
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 24,519
    LA has set up similar areas/communities. The issue I see is with those who desperately need help on the mental/addiction fronts, and housing or the lack thereof has little to do with it. Someone living on Skid Row or Venice Beach, out of their mind, won’t fare any better in a small house if they don’t want, understand or use it. 

    The amount of related crimes has doubled and even tripled in some areas, from assaults (both armed and not) to theft to home invasions. It’s incredibly sad and angering, for so many reasons. 
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 33,136
    hedonist said:
    LA has set up similar areas/communities. The issue I see is with those who desperately need help on the mental/addiction fronts, and housing or the lack thereof has little to do with it. Someone living on Skid Row or Venice Beach, out of their mind, won’t fare any better in a small house if they don’t want, understand or use it. 

    The amount of related crimes has doubled and even tripled in some areas, from assaults (both armed and not) to theft to home invasions. It’s incredibly sad and angering, for so many reasons. 
    Venice was a destination I used to love going to.  So many different personalities.
  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 26,284

    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.

    Sep 30, 2006 - OAKA Sports Hall - Athens, Greece
    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
    Jul 08, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
    Jul 09, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 26,284
    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.

    Sep 30, 2006 - OAKA Sports Hall - Athens, Greece
    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
    Jul 08, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
    Jul 09, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 32,659
    shit. arrived in seattle this afternoon, and we're staying right downtown, a few blocks from the water. holy shit I've never seen so many homeless people in my life. it's staggering. 
    I think I'll move to Australia


  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 26,119
    shit. arrived in seattle this afternoon, and we're staying right downtown, a few blocks from the water. holy shit I've never seen so many homeless people in my life. it's staggering. 

    Amazon, Microsoft,  Boeing. couple other majors up there drive that. along with fair enough weather. but the reality is many of those wound up priced out of home or apartment.
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  • jpgoegeljpgoegel Posts: 336
    shit. arrived in seattle this afternoon, and we're staying right downtown, a few blocks from the water. holy shit I've never seen so many homeless people in my life. it's staggering. 
    it's definitely gotten worse recently.  anecdotal, but...i visited most recently in 2018 for the Home Shows, 2019 twice and most recently for EV's shows.  Wintertime drives more people to 3rd Avenue because of the train station, there was a least 5-6 straight blocks sadly.   Also places like CVS now lock their alcohol coolers requiring a staff member to unlock them, which didn't exist before 
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 33,136
    mickeyrat said:
    shit. arrived in seattle this afternoon, and we're staying right downtown, a few blocks from the water. holy shit I've never seen so many homeless people in my life. it's staggering. 

    Amazon, Microsoft,  Boeing. couple other majors up there drive that. along with fair enough weather. but the reality is many of those wound up priced out of home or apartment.
    I've been to Seattle many times in the last 30 years and it's not that they are just priced out.  You have many w drug addictions and mental illness.

    In 95-97 I was living off and on there and if you were early enough you would catch the police waking up the homeless from in front of the courthouse.  The whole lawn was full.

    Something else interesting is where amazon is, there are no homeless.  They had enough pull to get local LEO to clear them out.  It was like being in another part of the world because everywhere you looked, other than there, homeless were present.
  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 48,648
    shit. arrived in seattle this afternoon, and we're staying right downtown, a few blocks from the water. holy shit I've never seen so many homeless people in my life. it's staggering. 

    The west coast is the place to be if you're homeless. Freezing to death is very unlikely.
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 32,659
    PJ_Soul said:
    shit. arrived in seattle this afternoon, and we're staying right downtown, a few blocks from the water. holy shit I've never seen so many homeless people in my life. it's staggering. 

    The west coast is the place to be if you're homeless. Freezing to death is very unlikely.
    for sure but I haven't seen this same level in Vancouver. I may just not have been in the right area, though. here it's pretty confined to certain streets it seems. you walk down on street and it's Homeless Haven, the next one block over looks like Kardashian Avenue. 
    I think I'll move to Australia


  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 48,648
    edited May 4

    PJ_Soul said:
    shit. arrived in seattle this afternoon, and we're staying right downtown, a few blocks from the water. holy shit I've never seen so many homeless people in my life. it's staggering. 

    The west coast is the place to be if you're homeless. Freezing to death is very unlikely.
    for sure but I haven't seen this same level in Vancouver. I may just not have been in the right area, though. here it's pretty confined to certain streets it seems. you walk down on street and it's Homeless Haven, the next one block over looks like Kardashian Avenue. 
    The homeless problem in Vancouver is horrible, but you're right, you generally see most of it in certain areas, and where most of them are, most others avoid like the plague, because it's not only scary, but so fucking depressing. It is literally normal to see people shooting up on the sidewalk, and tweeking. Cops do nothing at all. And yeah, it is so weird, you can literally be smack dab in the middle of the tourist area, but if you wander just one block too far in a certain direction, you're confronted with absolutely, abject poverty and human misery. I think a lot of tourists in Vancouver get pretty upset when it happens to them, as it's so unexpected and so disturbing to see what you see. COVID made things a bit worse though, and I've noticed there are more homeless camped out on various sidewalks around downtown, no matter the area, more than ever. When more shuttered stores and everything there isn't much motivation I guess to try and get these people to move on (not that I'm saying they should be told to move on).
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    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata
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