The fellow who just snipped off his monitoring bracelet and fled across the border from Canada to live on the street in Seattle!
Click on this photo and read Seattle Times' article about how we are treating this fellow.
I have been signed up for an affordable artist loft in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle for a year now. The call is nearly here to line up for a nice new apartment right on the Light Rail Line where there will be a gathering of artists who will live and work there. It looked good a year ago to me. I had thought I would be financially more able to live in such a place, but without going through the welfare thing, I just can't yet afford even low rents. (the rents have risen in a year's time in Seattle...exponentially.)
But I am still going to go down and look at it. I am in touch with the key person who assures me that applicants will have to line up on the street , first come, first served, with applications in hand. I have been asking her how does a 75 year old artist with a bum knee manage such a thing unless she sleeps overnight on the street? She says she is looking into it.
Meanwhile, here is another person gracing the streets of Seattle (no one is saying just where) who has skipped town in British Columbia, slipped his monitoring bracelet, and been ordered by Seattle's Sheriff to register in three days. I understand from the latest news that he has done that. What will he do now? Will he have a new bracelet? Where on the street will he "live"? What will he be doing with his time? Will he apply for welfare? (my meagre tax dollar?) Will he be looking for a person to offend sexually?
Would an old lady waiting in line on a street in Seattle be a target he would consider. Probably not. But what, pray tell, will he do with his restlessness and unwillingness to wear a bracelet in Canada?
The Seattle police have a bad reputation these days. It's scary to me, but probably also very frustrating to them, that there are time-bombs walking around in people's clothing who are really dangerous. They may not have pistols, these time-bombs; they may have other weapons they will pull on victims.
It's a perennial problem. But I have decided, once again, definitively, that I will not put myself in the same town as this guy. He has a lot of company in the club of dangerous people, deranged people whose time has expired at help facilities and who have been turned out onto the streets.
After dark last spring, I found myself and my adult grandson standing on a corner after a baseball game completely baffled as to where to get the bus home. He left me to check a kiosk halfway down the block. He ran ahead really fast to look, but didn't notice that I had only street people hip hopping and guzzling with the short panted women in heels and flicking something like money or smokes around in their hands. They looked at me. I tried not to be afraid. But I was.
Seattle will find itself famous for more than violent cops soon. South Philly was a dangerous place when I grew up there in the 40's and 50's. No one went there after dark. In fact people like me didn't even go to Philadelphia after dark unless they had a fit date and were headed to a high profile destination, like the Orchestra or a well-attended theater.
What a shame that Seattle is becoming a city of terrors after dark. Even during the day. Even in nice neighborhoods. Certainly in the low rent Rainier Valley. I'm out.
A safe, smelly, disagreeable nursing home might be very much more preferable than what is becoming a crime-ridden city ; but not if it's in Seattle. They have bad news in their nursing homes as well, unless you are wealthy enough to live in a fancy one downtown.