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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

How Camden, N.J. (Of All Places) Transformed Its Police Force

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The existing police department was dis-banded. In time, 45% of the officers were re-hired, but for a new kind of job. One that Thomson said will be more like being in “the Peace Corps” than in “Special Forces.”

We’re Number One! (In Property Crime)

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As local leaders consider restructuring their police departments in response to citizen concerns, they will need to consider the impact that those restructurings will have on the ability of the departments to respond to the very high levels of property crime in the region. And those leaders may want to step back and ask how Seattle ended up with such high rates of property crime in the first place.

Indexer: Empty Roads Coming To An End? Yes, But Slowly

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All kinds of trips have increased since the low points of late March and early April. As people have returned to work, transit use has increased. At the same time, the residential line has fallen by more than half, as people gradually emerge from their self-isolation.

Real Police Reform? Begin With Who’s Recruited

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To break through the police “blue curtain,” departments should start by raising the minimum age which, in Seattle and most departments, is just 21.

Elsewhere: Letter from the LA Protests

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The worst part about all this for me is arguing with people who don't seem to want to move forward. Asking them, why is it so hard? Why does equality scare you so much? Why is the idea of improving other lives a negative experience for you? But being a part of the protests has also been inspiring and hopeful.

Demographic Trends: African American Migration to Seattle Suburbs

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The locus of protest has largely been within the city of Seattle, and yet Seattle’s regional role as a home for African Americans has diminished sharply in the past 30 years.

Seattle City Council Member Tammy Morales: On Homeless, Demonstrations, and the City

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We have to invest in people, we have to support economic security and housing security and food security and create places where our neighbors can thrive. And I think what we’re seeing across the country over the last few weeks is, you know, not just a reaction to the brutality that our Black neighbors experience, but a fury with the systems that we have set up that we have thus far been unwilling to acknowledge, deeply rooted in racism and we can’t keep doing that.

Seattle’s Riot Geography: 11th and Pine and a History of Protest

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I thought I was done with this sort of thing after a decade as the Seattle Weekly’s riot guy, spending day and night chasing the upheavals provoked by the first Bush vs. Iraq war, in 1991, the acquittal of the Los Angeles cops who beat Rodney King in 1992, and the disastrous World Trade Organization meeting here in 1999. But the feeling of déjà vu all over again is too strong to turn away.

Celebrating Cinerama – It Made Watching Movies an Event

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The Cinerama is such an important part of our city because, to take a page from the Martin Scorsese’s school of cinematic thought, there are some movies that demand to be seen on the big screen.

Low-Cost Housing: Here’s the way to do it

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Building microhousing for use as transitional housing, or renting it from private developers, is the most obvious way to move forward. But we don’t.