Many of you have found my blog because of this post. While I’m glad the incident is getting attention and hopefully will be a catalyst for change, it’s also a shame.
It’s a shame because the incident feeds the stereotype that Pioneer Square is a place of poverty, violence and danger. A place you visit and pass through, but not really see. Look.
I’m living in Pioneer Square for the 2nd time. The history, the beauty of the surroundings and the vibrancy of the people really make it a wonderful neighborhood. So many new restaurants, new sights, new sounds.
Pioneer Square is more than just Seattle’s red light district, or the gap between downtown and the stadiums. It is a place where, as much as any in Seattle, puts rich and poor, native and transplant in close proximity to each other. As the seed from which the rest of Seattle grew, it’s always served that purpose.
If you want to learn more about Pioneer Square and what’s going on here check out PioneerSquare.org and PeopleofPioneerSquare. Learn about what’s really happening here besides this most recent, tragic incident. Take a look around my Pioneer Square Flickr set where I’ve captured a few (and more coming) images from the Square.
See what we see and look beyond the headlines.