People of Pioneer Square

Confront Your Fears


John Hale from Compassionate Seattle.

“We need to get people more involved.”

He made some great points about getting ‘right’

with uncomfortable feelings of downtown by getting out and exploring. 

“If you’re uncomfortable walking through Occidental Park,

you need to confront those feelings…and get over it.”

Stand for Compassion

How the Grinch Stole Christmas courtesy Cartoon Network

So, we had a little event today.

Folks from RealChange spoke, the Mayor spoke,

a homeless person spoke, a fireperson spoke.

Then everyone gathered hands and walked in a circle. (true story)

It was all very…Seattle-confusing.

The main message: depolicing of the area was not addressed.  

I did speak with the Mayor following the event and he mentioned that Seattle does not currently collect data on where crimes are being committed which would help them more efficiently allocate resources around the city. He’s attending a half day offsite with some folks at Microsoft to remedy that. Will be interesting to hear an update of that on April 5.


How can we not have data on crime in Seattle, with sites like this?

It takes bullets and blood to get the cops down here


“Every twenty years or so this area goes through a major change and we’re in one now.

A lot of good places coming in and the prospectors (landlords) will hopefully support that.

And one of my waitresses got beaten half to death just last week and

her boyfriend has 3 cracked ribs. But it takes bullets and blood to get the cops down here.”

I Love To Dance


 “I like to dance. All kinds of dancing, all clubs.

Even in the street, wherever there is music.

I like when they do dancing in the square over there.”

Gus runs a hot dog stand during the baseball season.

When I see him he quotes the whole season’s dates to me.

He told me he loves going to all the other hot dog stands for sides,

and he loads his dog until the bread is all soggy–his favorite!