The Jungle: the plan, the argument, and what it all means for Seattle

On Monday of last week, Mayor Ed Murray and Governor Jay Inslee announced a new initiative to comprehensively address the massive unsanctioned homeless encampment in the I-5 Duwamish Greenbelt, better known as “the Jungle.” The announcement kicked off a frenzied response from several directions, including the Seattle City Council, culminating in two hastily-arranged press conferences and a committee meeting yesterday that finally brought some much-needed clarity to the outreach cleanup plan.

The blow-by-blow account of how this has played out over the past ten days makes for good TV news, and indeed most of the local news coverage seems to be focusing on that drama. As usual I’ll post a morning news recap later this morning, including links to all of those stories, and you can go read them. Unfortunately the drama is obscuring two more important topics worthy of our attention: the details of the plan for cleaning up the Jungle, and what the last ten days teach us about the current state of Seattle’s city government.

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