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Thursday, August 2, 2007

1st Avenue & Yesler Way

posted by on August 2 at 18:26 PM


The Seattle Underground Tour—the dark, dungeon-like tourist trap/field trip destination in Pioneer Square— has hired extra security after several employees were attacked by transients.

“Last year when, Occidental [Park} was closed, a lot of the transients came over [and] were sleeping and drinking in Pioneer Place Park,” says Underground Tour General Manager Chuck Russell-Coons. “We have had problems with people coming in to use our restrooms to use drugs or take food off of customers plates.”

Russell-Coons says most of the homeless people who inhabit Pioneer Place Park are harmless. However, he says, “there were three different occasions where employees were assaulted. We just decided, for our own safety, we needed to hire some security.” The cost of the extra security, Russell-Coons says, “is significant. We raised our ticket prices in part to cover the costs. [We’re spending] $16,000 to $18,000 for the summer alone.”

The Underground Tour plans to evaluate the success of their new security at the end of the summer but in the meantime, Russell-Coons says he’d like to see the police patrolling the area more often. “I want [the city] to do more. It’s bothersome to see the same people engaged in the same illegal activity several days in a row. [It’s those] kind of annoyances [that] grate and wear on you. It bothers me more than it has before.”

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Whatever happened to the cool and smart idea of opening the alleys of Pioneer Square to shops, cafes, galleries and the like? It is time to utilize those alleys for more than dumpsters. If you haven't done a walking tour of those spaces, you should. If you squint real hard the images are a time machine.

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