Seattle Growth Podcast special episode: Unsanctioned public encampments

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The Seattle City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that sets rules dictating the city’s response to unsanctioned encampments on public property and would change the way that public spaces are used in neighborhoods throughout Seattle.

The proposal has made headlines and sparked heated debate. But this special episode of the Seattle Growth Podcast is the first to deliver in-depth interviews from multiple perspectives closest to the issue.

  • City Councilmember Rob Johnson discusses the proposal and why he co-sponsored it. City Councilmember Tim Burgess discusses why he is opposed to the proposal and what he believes should be done instead. And Jon Scholes, CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, offers a perspective outside of government.

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is a 13-episode exploration of this booming city’s ongoing transformation. A new episode premieres each Monday. Prior episodes have considered Seattle’s tech boom, the challenges of buying a home and renting, homelessness, the city’s character and culture, efforts to build density, emergency services, healthcare, schools and transportation. Upcoming episodes take on the topics of public utilities, city budget and visions for the future.

The series is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.

City Councilmember Rob Johnson
City Councilmember Rob Johnson
Encampment, line of tents
Encampment tents

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