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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Promote the general welfare

OK, so now that Terminal 107 is safely back in the hands of the Port of Seattle, I think it's only fair to ask the port commissioners what they are going to do with the space, since they've spent thousands of public dollars to evict people who have no place to go.

Night before last, Operation Nightwatch turned away 25 men because every shelter in town was full. Those guys took a blanket and headed to Belltown, Pioneer Square, Beacon Hill, Ballard, Capitol Hill. It would have been nice to offer an alternative to sleeping under the freeway.

But now that the Port has safely protected the public at great public expense, perhaps they could divulge their plan for that little patch of public land.

Tell us, Port. How are YOU going to "promote the general welfare" with that property, now that you've kicked the poor people out?


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