Saturday, June 26, 2010
Paper Sign Taped to a Light Pole Brings Peace to Community
Or so the Onion headline would read. I swear to God, the news trucks are here every day - even KIRO and they're just down the street. They don't even need a news truck; they can just use an extension cord. Yeah, there's all this talk about the "rash" of violence in Belltown. You know, if you look into the archives, you'll probably find the same thing happening to various degrees every year around this time. This year just happens to be more severe than most. Plus, with the guy getting killed across the street, this crummy neighborhood is under more scrutiny. So some drunk guy tangling with an even drunker guy is now conflated into an assault. And let's just get this out of the way: all (or almost all) this stuff that's happening is done by visitors to visitors. If you're a Belltown resident and you've been beat up/robbed/murdered by another Belltown resident, then you're bucking the statistical trend and I apologize for my gross assumption. But people treat Belltown like it's some kind of Las Vegas-esque adult playground. That's why so much crazy shit happens. Frankly, I welcome the influx of people, but it would be so much nicer if they'd behave themselves and not puke on our sidewalks, especially while the news trucks are here.