by Jennifer Lilley, Natural News:
In an effort to control a growing homeless population that has become increasingly disruptive for Seattle’s commuters and residents, Mayor Ed Murray is urging the development and legalization of three tent cities. Such areas would provide the homeless with shelter while keeping them away from heavily traveled walkways and public spaces.
He says the change, which would be overseen not by the city but by social service organizations, would make legal something that’s drawn controversy in the area. It would keep the homeless safe while also allowing residents and commuters to travel without dodging people in sleeping bags or being subjected to the stomach-churning odors of urine and fecal matter.
“It bothers me because it’s very sad and unfortunate,” said commuter Margo Dannemiller. Of the homeless she sees daily, she added, “They’re lighting fires in there. They’re urinating and defecating. It’s unpleasant, but mostly I just wish they had another option.”(1)
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