But it’s not just small businesses.
of Seattle’s core looks like a pockmarked ghost town. Storefronts on
both sides of Third Avenue, a major thoroughfare, are boarded up. Blocks
from the Four Seasons hotel and the Fairmont Hotel, tents crowd the
sidewalks, and drug users sit under awnings holding pieces of foil over
lighter flames. Traffic enforcement is minimal to nonexistent. In
mid-March, Amazon announced that it was abandoning a 312,000-square-foot
office space in downtown, citing concerns over crime. MORE HERE.