Hawk Tailgaters Brace for Homeless Persons Threat Sunday
According to new information posted by KTTH-AM Talk Show host Jason Rantz in Seattle, Hawk fans who plan to tailgate in the popular Hawks Alley might want to prepare to defend themselves. Seattle plays the Saints Sunday afternoon, but the real action might be in the streets nearby.
The area, which is located in part along Utah Ave. has fast become one of the sore spots and hot button issues in Seattle's growing homeless problem. Rantz says the Director of the SoDo Business Improvement Area told him "we've had issues with employees going about their business being threatened."
The area has been 'swept' and cleaned out before by City Crews and Police, only to see homeless people return in even greater numbers, and behave much worse. The area is littered with run-down tents and dilapidated RV's that the people live in. Even without tailgaters, dozens of police reports have been filed about workers at area businesses being threatened and fearful for their safety because of aggressive and violent homeless people demanding money and food.
One business owner now describes the area as "lawless." While the City Council continues to claim they have an action plan, it's clear say critics, that Seattle is fast losing it's battle against the homeless population. Much of the problem stems from years of open welcoming of any and all homeless people to come to the city, some of it even coming from high ranking city officials themselves.
KOMO-TV has described the area as "overrun" in various news reports. Instead of adopting a very successful homeless program used in nearby Marysville, WA, the council seems to be encouraging the behavior.
One Council member, the controversial Kshama Sawant, has even leaked cleanup sweep schedule details to protesters, who then show up and prevent city crews from doing their jobs at multiple homeless sore spots.
So by all means go enjoy the game Sunday...just maybe, skip the tailgate, at least at Hawks Alley.