Seattle talk show host Jason Rantz, perhaps not his real name, knows his city. He’s seen it spiral down into medieval degradation. Often a hotbed of left coast activity, Seattle’s hands off attitude to the depredations of Antifa and Black Lives Matter contributed downward pressure to a slide that had already started. At this point it is sliding down a municipal drain.
I visited my old neighborhood in Seattle. My kids used to play in this park. The city has turned it into a wasteland. pic.twitter.com/XwftMPvzwu
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 16, 2021
Rantz: “Plagued by surging violent crime and uncontrollable homelessness, Seattle business owners have had it. They are getting out of town before their employees or customers are seriously injured. Residents are following suit. Seattleites are being chased by aggressive, mentally ill homeless people. Professionals are dodging human waste on sidewalks as they walk to business meetings. Antifa riots are still destroying storefronts, deadly overdoses are surging, and police are leaving the hamstrung department in historic numbers. Seattle is on life support, while the mayor and City Council remain silent on the worsening crisis…At Miller Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, city officials refuse to intervene in a growing encampment. Used needles are strewn everywhere, with car break-ins as frequent as fights. It’s gotten so bad the Seattle Youth Soccer Association stopped using the park over safety concerns…Meanwhile, Seattle’s murder rate rose an astonishing 61% in 2020 – its highest number of homicides in 26 years. And with a surge in rapes – January already registered 29 cases – people are feeling scared.”
Comments Joey Rodolfo, a clothing designer and co-founder of Buki clothing, “There’s no consequences. And we have a city attorney that turns his back on business people and lets these people just run wild in the city and destroy property. Seattle, unfortunately, is circling the drain as we speak.”
He’s moving to Arizona. “The type of industry that’s coming to Arizona is incredible for Arizona will become the number one semi-conductor producer in the country.” Rodolfo said the Arizona Economic Authority was “rolling out the red carpet” to bring in new businesses.
“We had one female employee chased into a Starbucks,” said local CEO Megan Gluth-Bohan. “Business partners coming in for meetings were dodging human fecal matter and homeless people on the sidewalk… [An employee] had her driver’s side window down working the parking machine, and someone attempted to enter her car.”
“These people, because they’re poverty stricken or drug addicts or whatever you wanna call it, [city leaders] are allowing them to get away with whatever they want to do,” Mason McDermott of Car Tender told Rantz’s Seattle talk radio show.
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Simply Seattle owner Jamie Munson said, “A string of break-ins, bricks through our windows, people coming in just in broad daylight with big groups, taking armloads of gear. Hard to operate and keep our staff safe at the same time.” A city can’t operate like this, at least one with any sense of safety or opportunity.