“We’re here for her birthday.
We don’t spend a lot of time here, we’re from Tacoma.”
(Unfortunately I only got one shot, so I’ll say the birthday girl is
making a wish and thank all three ladies for chatting with me.)
“I like this area but it can be a little creepy.
We’re just trying to find an affordable club.”
“There is such a concentration of services here for the homeless,
which is good for them but hard on customers.
We’re trying to have weddings here.
People come in from all over the country…and they spend their money here in town.”
“It’s nice here.
All the businesses here made us feel really welcome and we know a lot of them.
It feels like a small town.”
“People need to just get along…be nicer to each other.
And, this neighborhood needs more live music.
We play live shows here every other Thursday.”
“It’d be nice if it were safer to walk around at night. More beat cops would be nice.
And fix the parking. That’s a big chunk of my pay.”
“It’s really nice down here, I like the buildings and everything.
And, I live in Tacoma and have worked here two years.
The bus stop on 3rd and James isn’t safe.
They need to move it back where it was, and away from the missions.”
“I like that there are a lot of good coffee shops in pioneer square.”
“I’d like to feel safer on the street at night, so more cops would be good.
…and, this neighborhood needs an ice cream joint.”
“We want less black people, less homeless, less garbage.
And don’t photograph me.
And I’m not going to tell you anything about my group.
I like psq because of the stiff drinks and the loose women on stiff drinks.
Hey…you ever ridden on the back of a motorcycle?”
“If I could say one thing? It would be to come and see it before it changes over.
This used to be the grunge scene, with national acts.
It’s about to become Disneyfied.”
“And don’t make me look like a convict. All pictures make me look like a convict.”
No, you don’t look like a convict. And I’m glad your business is in the neighborhood. 🙂
“We’re from Holland. This isn’t our first time here.
The people have changed a little. There’s more drugs I think.
We like the vibe down here though, and of course the buildings.”
“There’s more roughness and disrespect from the police and ER workers.
They’re rougher with us.
There’s so many assumptions about us bc we are homeless.
But we’re people. We’re human.
Don’t get my face.”
“There was an article in the paper about the homeless down here.
I loved the photography; beautiful pictures.
It humanized them.
When I walk around down here I think of that.”
“I got kicked out of my Amish community for smoking weed…and alot of other stuff.
Don’t get my face.
You can have our dog butts, will that work?”
“Wait, should I wear my glasses?”
“My first drink on the house because they liked my project.”
“We really need more live music.”
“I like the small stores, not the big chain places.
I think it’s important to buy local and want to see more of that.”
“We’re from Nebraska.
‘Just got out of the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum that talks about all the mischief down here.
It was really interesting.”