First, they removed the tents. Then, they added police. But the problems on Third Avenue persisted.
A few months ago, officials spun up a new effort to try to bring order to the area of downtown Seattle that arguably most lacks it.
The Third Avenue Project uses a constant presence in a few key blocks to connect people on the streets with pathways out, and to curtail behavior that’s deemed problematic to others.
This is the second initiative started in 2022 to move people occupying the streets of downtown to more appropriate places, the first being the King County Regional Homelessness Authority’s Partnership for Zero, which seeks to end unsheltered homelessness downtown and in the Chinatown International District.
The dual approach is partly due to the urgency officials feel to help downtown recover.
We shall see.