2017-08-09 15:58:59 UTC
JANUARY 21, 2016 AT 5:46 AM
Megan Nystrom took this photo of a mess in a Greenwood grocery store's
parking lot, which appears to be waste dumped from a holding tank.
When Megan Nystrom parked at a Greenwood grocery store, she noticed
something didn’t seem quite right. It didn’t take long to see, and
“When we got to the Greenwood Fred Meyer it smelled terrible outside,
but I wasn’t sure why,” Nystrom said. “Later, I was putting my groceries
away when I noticed the mess under the car next to mine.”
That mess covered an entire parking space and appeared to be recently
dumped waste from an RV holding tank — human waste.
“There were several RVs parked adjacent to the lot,” Nystrom noted.
It’s an angle of a Seattle discussion neighbors are having about the
many RVs lining neighborhood streets — waste produced by the
roadside campers. The issue has also been witnessed elsewhere in
Seattle, such as in Magnolia, where members of Safe Seattle observed an
RV dumping waste from the vehicle’s bathroom along 20th Street. The
waste created a puddle apparent to anyone walking by. Safe Seattle’s
Facebook post notes that the RV has moved up and down 20th Street,
leaving multiple puddles over about 10 days.
The reality of dumping in Seattle is of no surprise to KIRO Radio’s Dori
Monson, who has noted a new ambiance present throughout Seattle.
“What used to be the smell of Seattle? I used to go down to Shilshole
all the time as a kid. The creosote they used on all the logs in the
marina. The sea. The salt water smell. That’s what I used to associate
with my city,” Dori said. “Now it’s fecal matter and urine.”
“I rode my bike a couple months ago out to Shilshole on the Burke Gilman
(trail). There was trash everywhere. There’s an overwhelming stench of
urine,” he said. “I also rode my bike through Myrtle Edwards Park on the
downtown waterfront not too long ago. The stench of urine is was
absolutely overwhelming. That’s becoming the smell of Seattle.”
Dori notes that he witnessed the same problem in San Francisco, where he
used to associated the smell of sourdough bread or the wharf. Now the
California city smells like urine. Both cities have experienced a rise
in rents and real estate prices. In the same time, homeless populations
have also gone up.
But another city has approached its homeless problem in a similar manner
as Dori has promoted.
“San Francisco spends $165 million a year on homelessness. Their
homeless population has skyrocketed. Seattle spend $80 million a year on
homelessness. Our homeless population has skyrocketed,” Dori said. “Salt
Lake City, which a few years ago had a significant homeless problem,
spends a relative pittance — just $20 million a year. They have
virtually eliminated homelessness. It was with a plan.”
That plan, according to Dori, sold much of the land that homeless people
were camping on. The funds were then used toward homeless services such
as addiction and mental health counseling and job placement.