Seattle Downtown Plan Focuses on Public Safety, Programming

Seat­tle May­or Bruce Har­rell unveiled a plan aimed at revi­tal­iz­ing the city’s down­town, stem­ming the drug cri­sis, and sup­port­ing small busi­ness­es.

Accord­ing to an arti­cle by Don­na Gor­don Blank­in­ship in Cross­cut, Har­rell “issued an order call­ing on police to a more active role in dis­rupt­ing drug , along with a plan to increase city spend­ing on over­dose pre­ven­tion and response” and plans to “estab­lish a new place for peo­ple to recov­er from non-fatal over­dos­es, get help with their addic­tion and access oth­er resources.”

The may­or also wants to sup­port acti­vat­ing down­town spaces with fes­ti­vals and and reopen City Hall Park with social pro­gram­ming. “Oth­er plans include waiv­ing street-use per­mit fees for food and pop-up food ven­dors, and ask­ing the State Liquor and Cannabis Board to issue ‘sip ‘n’ stroll’ for Thurs­day Art Walks so peo­ple can car­ry bev­er­ages as they walk gal­leries.”

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