Does the city of Seattle ever think about how “purging” problem areas in the city actually just move the problems to another neighborhood? When they clear up a 9 block radius downtown, RVs along Northlake and now the U District, where do they expect these folks to go? Fremont and Ballard maybe? Or any other neighborhood for that matter?
If instead of the area-focused initiatives, the City just enforced the law City-wide like a normal city would do with a normal number of police officers (roughly double what we have now), we wouldn’t have to worry about the whack-a-mole problem.
Aside from the human rights issues associated with the relocation of transients, the city has a poor record of enforcement of ANY infraction. I think its created a culture of entitlement and laziness on the part of the locals. I get that it worked for old Seattle, but as the city get denser it needs to get more aggressive in its culture of law enforcement and minor infractions.