Seattle Growth Podcast 5.6: homeless encampments and public spaces

How should Seattle deal with tents and homeless encampments in public spaces?

It’s a politically charged question that is important both to the community’s homeless residents clinging to their last few possessions and to the renters, home-owners and business leaders who encounter unsanctioned encampments along their commutes, near their homes and workplaces and in Seattle’s public parks.

Episode 6 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, season 5, takes up the city’s hotly debated public policy from a couple of perspectives.

Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr., an activist and organizer of Nikita Oliver’s 2017 mayoral campaign, explains why he advocates for homeless individuals and gives insight into efforts to stop the sweeps of unsanctioned homeless encampments.

Ian Gordon, the business manager of Laborers Local 1239, the union representing Seattle Parks and Recreation employees, shares the challenges that parks employees face in maintaining spaces for use by the public.

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Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr.
Ian Gordon

The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, a professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.

This episode also previews a related new project by Shulman: the feature-length documentary film, On the Brink, which explores an important piece of Seattle’s history—the Central District—in a story of hope and determination.