With more progressive laws, the once beautiful city of Seattle may not be a safe place to live—at least for now
Seattle has been known as the nation’s most liberal city for decades. It is one of America’s major tourist destinations. With its location, weather, and mammoth tech industry, the city is a racially and economically diverse population.
Although the median household income remains high, more than 25% of households made less than $50,000 yearly, including 9% who earned less than $15,000 per year before the pandemic.
1. Seattle struggles with poverty and growing homelessness
According to the Seattle Curb website, Seattle’s high-poverty neighborhoods have doubled since 2000. In a 2019 survey, more than 11,000 people were experiencing homelessness on a given night in King County, including more than 5,000 living unsheltered. [Seattle PI]
CHAZ: Welcoming protesters
Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, was an occupation protest and self-declared autonomous zone in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, in 2020.
Soon, crimes spiked in the neighborhood, and when the Democrat Mayor refused to break it down, President Trump threatened to ‘take back the city.’ Mayor Durken replied, ‘Go Back To Your Bunker.’
2. Defunding the police: Crime continues to surge
The same year, the Seattle City Council voted 7-1 to cut its Police Department’s budget. Seattle defunded the police again in 2021. According to a WSJ opinion, voters have rejected lawlessness, but the City Council isn’t listening.
Crime surged recently, with shootings increasing 46% in 2020, according to an annual report by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. [Daily Caller]
In 2022, a draft “progressive policy “would allow Seattle police to ignore intoxicated suspects to escape, even if they’re in stolen cars. If the suspect refuses to comply, officers must leave the scene.
3. Drug is a huge problem
Seattle’s public transit has become “unusable” due to clouds of meth and fentanyl. In 2022, Amazon relocates some of its employees from the Seattle downtown office on 3rd Avenue and Pine Street. [KOMO News]
Amazon relocates some of its employees.
Fentanyl crisis in Seattle
A sharp increase in violent crimes and the fentanyl crisis in Seattle have caused many businesses to begin relocating—at least temporarily.
Seattle’s transit system has become unusable after reports of toxic fentanyl and meth smoke, volatile behavior, and dangerous work environments, which has scared off travelers, local authorities said to Seattle Times.