Public Safety Survey & Street Civility in Pioneer Square

Public Safety & Street Civility in Pioneer Square

Horse Patrol

On Tuesday August 11th, 2015 we conducted a Public Safety Open House to continue the conversation about public safety and street civility in Pioneer Square. We had a great turnout, but the conversation didn’t stop there! We also created a brief online survey which closed August 21st to hear more opinions on how to make a safer Pioneer Square. On behalf of the Alliance for Pioneer Square, the Pioneer Square BIA, and the Pioneer Square Residents Council we thank you for sharing your concerns and ideas. Your input was vitally important and will be key in developing a multifaceted set of strategies regarding street civility and public safety.

Those strategies will include:

  • Advocacy with the Mayor, Police Chief, City Departments and the City Council
  • Implementation of tools and strategies for neighborhood residents and businesses
  • Communication

Please check back to hear the results from your input and the next steps we will take to make our neighborhood even better!

Update to the Neighborhood – November 2014

Kevin Daniels and Karen True. Photo credit Andrew Vanasse, courtesy of Seattle Magazine.
Kevin Daniels and Karen True. Photo credit Andrew Vanasse, courtesy of Seattle Magazine.

Staff

Hats off to Seattle Magazine for recognizing what we have long known. We are delighted with their selection of our very own Karen True and Kevin Daniels as two of Seattle’s most influential people of 2014 for their work in Pioneer Square. See the full article here. Many congratulations for a well-deserved recognition.

We also welcome a new office manager to the Alliance, Carly Fromdahl joined us last week taking on all things office administration. Please join us in welcoming her to the neighborhood and the Alliance, great things ahead!

Street Civility

Our work on street civility and public safety continues apace of neighborhood need. Lisa has been attending both LEAD and the Multidisciplinary Team meetings focused on people in the neighborhood who are engaged in low level criminal behavior and are in need of services. I am serving on the Mayor’s Task Force about unsheltered people. We are working towards a set of strategies to assist people in need and address the large numbers of unhoused people across Seattle. The Pioneer Square BIA has been funding increased emphasis patrols of Seattle Police officers. Additional folks assigned to walk our neighborhood, meet with businesses and residents, and engage with folks. These emphasis patrols will continue at least through the end of the year when we will evaluate its continuation. And we added public safety to marketing dollars and expanded neighborhood lighting, we all feel better when it is lighter and brighter.

Save the Date: Mark your Calendar

The annual BIA meeting, open to all ratepayers in good standing is scheduled for Friday, December 12th from 4-5:30 at Altstadt. Please join us in a celebration of all we have accomplished, look forward to 2015, and raise a glass of holiday cheer.

Stay tuned, there will be many opportunities to become informed and involved. Thanks for your support and see you in the neighborhood.

Public Safety Open House

GraffitiCALL TO ACTION

Public Safety Open House

Thursday, June 12

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

301 Occidental Ave. S

Please join the Alliance for Pioneer Square, the Pioneer Square BIA, and the Pioneer Square Residents Council to share your concerns and ideas about public safety in our neighborhood. Your input is vitally important and will be key in developing a multifaceted set of strategies regarding street civility and public safety. Those strategies will include:

  • Advocacy with the Mayor, Police Chief, City Departments and the City Council
  • Implementation of tools and strategies for neighborhood residents and businesses
  • Communication strategies

Help us spread the word. Share this open house with your co-workers, neighbors, and friends. Then mark the date on your calendar and drop by any time between 8 AM and 7 PM to join the conversation. This is an all-day open house format so everyone can drop by as schedules allow.

One more thing. Please take a moment to complete our survey regarding your observations and perceptions at http://bit.ly/PSQsafety2014.

See you on June 12th.

Community Takes a Stand for Compassion

Stand for Compassion

March 15 Beating of Homeless Man Sparks a Plea for Respect, Resources for City’s Most Vulnerable

SEATTLE – (March 26, 2014) – The March 15 beating of a homeless man who was sleeping on the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Pioneer Square, has rallied a diverse cross-section of individuals and organizations who are holding a “Stand for Compassion” gathering from 5:30 – 7p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 27 near where the attack took place in Occidental Square.

The event is a call for community conversation and engagement – intended to raise broad-based awareness about the need for greater respect toward Seattle’s most vulnerable citizens, and to begin a public dialogue on how to build a culture of compassion and a safer city for everyone.

“This sort of violence against the poor and vulnerable is unacceptable,” said Real Change Executive Director Timothy Harris, who is organizing the event. “It serves as a wake-up call for all of us who value a safe and respectful community, and puts a spotlight on the need for additional resources towards our goal of providing shelter for 1,000 of the currently homeless by 2015.”

“This latest incident is yet another unfortunate example of the everyday need for additional public safety resources that our businesses, residents and visitors have been asking for,” said Alliance for Pioneer Square Executive Director Leslie Smith. “A more visible police presence serves as a deterrent to bad behavior and allows for quicker response times when needed, particularly on event days when tens of thousands flock to our neighborhood.”

Attendees at Thursday’s event will be asked to take a stand for compassion and a better Seattle by signing a pledge for continued support and participation in addressing this issue.  Speakers include representatives from Alliance for Pioneer Square, Church Council of Greater Seattle, Real Change, Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Sounders FC, as well Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council. Additional supporters include CenturyLink Field, Compassion Network, Coalition on Homelessness, Downtown Emergency Service Center, Downtown Seattle Association and Seattle University among others.

A Facebook page has been established for the event with additional information and public comment at https://www.facebook.com/events/685670018157683/