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 …

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The Mayor’s plan to get RV’s off the streets is a total bust

Remember back at the beginning of the year when there was all the fuss about homeless people living in RV’s on the streets of Seattle? And the Mayor put forth a plan to create RV “safe lots” to get them off the streets, provide some basic support, and help them plug into the human services system? Well, two weeks ago Scott Lindsay, Special Assistant to the Mayor, admitted to the City Council that the RV safe lot plan is an expensive failure. Oh, and everything else in the Mayor’s plan related to RVs has also failed.

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