Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.
This morning, my friend, our Police Chief, Carmen Best, bravely stood her ground and our city is in the process of taking back over the autonomous zone known as CHOP. Perhaps this acronym now stands for Chief Helping Our People.
Yesterday, I visited several businesses in the zone. I talked to owners from Pacific Supply to Bergman Lock and Key which I have patronized for decades. I drove past Neumos where I danced the night away one year ago to the tunes of Yacht Rocks. Now this venue is boarded up and graffiti laden.
I drove past a restaurant, formerly Boom Noodle where a few years back I celebrated my son’s 21st birthday. It was challenging to decipher between the slanderous profanity defacing the establishment that they were indeed open for dining. I drove by the boarded up Elliot Bay Book Company where numerous nights I have attended readings and launches. I couldn’t even get near the entry due to a barricade. The same was the case at Havana Night Club where I have attended holiday parties and receptions. Cal Anderson Park, a public park, where my children played soft ball and soccer matches at Bobby Morris Playfield now is housing a homeless camp.
There have been 4 shootings in 9 days in The CHOP. These casualties have been black and our youth. Killings and fatal injuries. As Chief Best said, “Enough is Enough!” Take the time to read all the establishments I listed here: Black Lives Matter and they should be able to enjoy- A Book Store, A Public Playing Field, A Live Music Venue, Restaurants, Supply Store, An Auto Shop, A Locksmith… And that is a short list.
And while we are at it – Chop Chop Sawant! We want our City Back!