Tent in empty lot on 57th St.

We wrote recently about a couple tents that had set up camp along Shilshole Ave. near the old Yankee Diner, and a few My Ballard readers have sent us a photo of this new tent in an empty lot in the 2100 block of 57th St.

“Imagine my surprise when I looked out my apartment window to find I have a new neighbor!” writes My Ballard reader Jenna, who says a shopping cart is parked right outside. (Thanks everyone for the tips and photos.)


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chopper_74
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chopper_74

So, has anyone met our new neighbors?
Perhaps it's block watch post #2?
If so, they haven't checked in…

hooya
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hooya

SEND IN THE MARINES!

oh?
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oh?

no wait, Community{you} confront the issue.

Black Helicopter Operations
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Black Helicopter Operations

Oh great, more meth heads.

Mymble
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Mymble

campgrounds are for camping and tents not vacant land in the city

kurto
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kurto

This isn't news.

Mymble
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Mymble

I think this is “local news” and a trend that seems to be on the rise in Ballard: bring your full on camping tent, find some space/grass, set it up, and ” Home Sweet Home” (no property taxes of course)

jenna
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jenna

I thought about baking some cookies to greet them, but haven't gotten around to it. They've been there for about a week now, and I've heard them once (a man and a woman), besides that I haven't been bothered too much. I'm surprised the accounting offices next door haven't put up more of a fight.

NWCitizen
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NWCitizen

Great idea Jenna. It would be nice to get to know them before passing judgement.

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

Isn't this squatting?

jenna
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jenna

Well, I'm not really going to bake them cookies any time soon. I was being sarcastic, and did a bad job of it. But I'm not running to the phone to call the cops either. Like I said, it's been a week, and the reality is the tent and its occupants have not interfered in my life at all. It's hard to stay angry about a tent when I'm looking down at it from my cozy, well heated apartment.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

For the rest of us…what 'does qualify' as local news?
I'm interested in your answer, Kurto.
This is local, and this is news, to most.

silence.kit
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silence.kit

I'm curious why you put “does qualify” in quotes, but that aside…

It's just a guy in a tent in a vacant lot. If he minds his own business, who cares?

chopper_74
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chopper_74

I confirmed it's existence, after a jogger that I know 'ran' across it last week. I saw no one then, or a shopping cart.
So, I have no idea if it's a hungry family, or just squatters. I have a difficult time with calling the police unless I have reason to believe that something is wrong.
I already call them quite frequently as of late, which doesn't bless me at all.
It could be a neighbor taking advantage of the space to air out a tent, for all I know, but I doubt it. Usually, that would be known by somebody, and I have yet to hear about that.
I caught your sarcasm, for the record…

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

What's the campfire situation there?

kurto
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kurto

Feels like surveillance.

It's a fine line in a world with ubiquitous digital photography between reporting and surveillance these days.

Leo
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Leo

Who cares? What do you find so offensive, Mymble, that you feel the need to contact SPD about homeless people camping near the railroad tracks (as stated in the earlier post about this topic)? Are they imposing on the view from your warehouse window? Some people are desperate for a place to sleep; why exacerbate their desperation? Probably they will move on soon, or when the seasonal work along the canal ends.

Leo
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Leo

Perhaps one of the unfilled condominiums we read about here would be more suitable (out of site/out of mind, right?):

http://www.myballard.com/2009/03/19/lots-of-bal

hopefulpoet
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hopefulpoet

The objection I have to squatting is that it is done so timidly…..tents in places that no one else seems to be using, quasi public land. I hate it when they use public parks. When will there be good old fashioned punk style squatting like in London in the '70's and '80's. A good squat is the takeover of private property……..

Mymble
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Mymble

Leo, “give an inch, take a mile”…how many tents would it take before you became “offensive”, be honest now. Do you own some grass they can use to set up camp, it would only be until the “seasonal work” comes to an end, that would be a nice compromise.

P_I_S
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P_I_S

I'm sure that the people paying inflated prices for the townhouses right next to that lot are just thrilled with their new neighbors.

57th between 20th and 22nd is constantly occupied with half a dozen cars/vans/trucks with people living in them.

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

You paying?

Underpants Gnome
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Underpants Gnome

This property is zoned MR-RC Midrise-Residential/Commercial which means multifamily residential and or commercial uses. It is not zoned for use as a campground. Check here for zoning information:

http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/parceldata/parcel.a

I spoke with Nazanin at the Seattle department of planning and development on Tuesday April 7. They are already in the process of sending the owner of the property a notice of violation. If the owner fails to correct the violation within 30 days, the city may then issue a cease and desist order to the owner of the property and use the courts to enforce compliance.

mag
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mag

Where are they using the bathroom? Although I think I know the answer. If they've been there a while, that could be a hygiene situation.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Have you ever heard of the 'broken window theory'? People see a broken pane and eventually, they are all broken.
btw I like using ” ' * as emphasis, sorry if it bugs you. I'll try to be more 'restrained'….ooops.