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(SeattlePI)   Somebody's job is to keep track of the annual number of urine, vomit and fecal matter clean up calls in Seattle's Pioneer Square   (seattlepi.com ) divider line
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2012-03-24 09:29:10 PM  
As someone who works at a public pool, we call that Tuesday.

/Blood from nosebleeds etc. as well
 
2012-03-24 09:47:23 PM  
At last, Occupy Wall Street spurs policy change!
 
2012-03-24 10:55:22 PM  
Just another example of government waste and featherbedding. Why do they need to have one person do only that? Seems like it would be a simple matter for cleanup crews to keep track of the calls and turn in a report sheet every day. At the end of the year have a secretary tally the results.

omnibus_necanda_sunt: At last, Occupy Wall Street spurs policy change!


One internet for you sir.
 
2012-03-24 11:34:07 PM  
One...twhoooo.....thuREE.

i218.photobucket.com


/Three.
 
2012-03-24 11:38:17 PM  
I've only been to Seattle twice, but I remember there were lots of hills and drug addict street people. Seattle must have the most fit homeless people in the country.
 
2012-03-25 12:10:41 AM  
I nominate a certain Republican presidential candidate...he seems to be into this kind of thing, at least according to Google.
 
2012-03-25 01:17:42 AM  
Seattle can be bad but it has nothing on Vancouver B.C. You can't walk through Gastown without high stepping over some hobo's barf every fifteen feet.
 
2012-03-25 01:27:01 AM  
Old Seattle joke:

Why do they call it Pioneer Square when all you see are Indians?
 
2012-03-25 01:49:32 AM  
I'm doing my damnedest to add urine, vomit, and fecal matter to the community.

I'm a job creator.
 
2012-03-25 04:49:50 AM  
Who does number 2 work for?
 
2012-03-25 04:54:17 AM  
What goes in, must come out.
 
2012-03-25 04:55:35 AM  
suzifiner.typepad.com
This.
www.photobasement.com
Or this?
 
2012-03-25 04:55:38 AM  
"some want to take back the alleys with art installations and better lighting."

Because The Poop cares.
 
2012-03-25 05:14:57 AM  
I like Pioneer Square. Go visit the Klondike/Alaska Gold Rush museum. No one else does so you should.

Is the Seattle underground still around after the earthquake?
 
2012-03-25 05:17:50 AM  

homeless_need_help: "some want to take back the alleys with art installations and better lighting."

Because The Poop cares.


Running into a hooker plying her trade, with a group of kitchen workers, was the highlight on one late evening alleyway jaunt. Performance art at it's best. The rats didn't seem to mind.
 
2012-03-25 05:19:56 AM  
www.hrwiki.org

Approves.
 
2012-03-25 05:46:12 AM  
Pioneer Square, Sodo, etc have always been this way. The 'increase' is due to somebody who paid too much for a condo in an old building getting their knickers in a twist.
 
2012-03-25 05:58:31 AM  
That isnt fishermans wharf you're smelling.
 
2012-03-25 06:02:25 AM  
Got to love the inner workings of the liberal minds. Artwork in alleys will stop the heroin users! That's the ticket. LOL!!!!
 
2012-03-25 06:14:41 AM  
You mean they have to [sunglasses] keep a log?
 
2012-03-25 06:32:30 AM  
Why don't the OWS guys just gather it all up in buckets and dump it in a bank lobby, like they did in NYC. It was a great story, tailor made for fark, but of course, it was never on fark. Terrible to show examples of how farked up those guys are...because greed and corporations and all that


/at least I don't think the story was on fark. I'm on here every day, but could've missed it. I know my submission didn't get through anyways
 
2012-03-25 07:42:40 AM  

Omahawg: I like Pioneer Square. Go visit the Klondike/Alaska Gold Rush museum. No one else does so you should.

Is the Seattle underground still around after the earthquake?


Yeah we went on the Seattle underground tour last week when we were there. We hung out in Pioneer square and we did visit the Klondike/Alaska Gold Rush museum as well but it was packed with kids. I was expecting Pioneer to be a little more run down and stuff but it wasn't as bad as I was lead to believe it would.

That was my first time in Seattle and loved the place.
 
2012-03-25 08:13:19 AM  
Great article, especially coming from the Port-a-Potty lobby. And the Coffee™ shops. It's good to know that cities plan for ATM machines every 30 feet but actual public toilets never.
 
2012-03-25 08:20:33 AM  

BitwiseShift: Great article, especially coming from the Port-a-Potty lobby. And the Coffee™ shops. It's good to know that cities plan for ATM machines every 30 feet but actual public toilets never.


^^^This. Walking around downtown Seattle, there are lots of nice buildings and public spaces, but no public toilets to be found.
Just a thought, but maybe some well built public toilets would help keep that shiat in the appropriate place.
 
2012-03-25 08:27:28 AM  
img.photobucket.com

Approves.
 
2012-03-25 09:25:39 AM  
Ah, the great society. I can't wait, I have boots...
 
2012-03-25 10:30:14 AM  
They tried installing public toilets around the City. What happened was they were staked out by heroin and crack dealers and used as their offices. Others were vandalized, one was set on fire the first week it was in place.

Seattle homeless aren't just "homeless". Quite a few of them are hard core junkies or schizophrenics. Put some effort into setting them up in a place to live, eat, shower and otherwise shelter themselves, and they will do all sort of things like smashing their toilets or choosing a corner to pee in instead of using the toilet.

AbbeySomeone: Pioneer Square, Sodo, etc have always been this way. The 'increase' is due to somebody who paid too much for a condo in an old building getting their knickers in a twist.


This. I was on a remodel back in the late 80's of one of those old clothing factories down next to the football stadium. Totally gutted it out, framed up the interiors real pretty and they were all trimmed in Brazilian Teak and such. Gourmet kitchens, loft beds, oak and teak floors. You can spend $2 million on what basically comes to a 2500 sq/ft studio apartment with a view of the Stadium and it's parking lot.

You also have junkies doing everything junkies do in the alleyway below your window. During the job, we'd regularly find 2 liter soda bottles full of needles, piles of really steamy liquid excrement and once a severely injured 14 year old hooker/junkie who'd been almost beaten to death by her pimp. Just about every day something new would show up on the jobsite. I would have hated to live there when they asploded the Kingdome.
 
2012-03-25 10:47:41 AM  

Lone Stranger: [img.photobucket.com image 350x260]

Approves.


Well pooped, sir. Well pooped.
 
2012-03-25 10:54:29 AM  

Deathfrogg: They tried installing public toilets around the City. What happened was they were staked out by heroin and crack dealers and used as their offices. Others were vandalized, one was set on fire the first week it was in place.

Seattle homeless aren't just "homeless". Quite a few of them are hard core junkies or schizophrenics. Put some effort into setting them up in a place to live, eat, shower and otherwise shelter themselves, and they will do all sort of things like smashing their toilets or choosing a corner to pee in instead of using the toilet.

AbbeySomeone: Pioneer Square, Sodo, etc have always been this way. The 'increase' is due to somebody who paid too much for a condo in an old building getting their knickers in a twist.

This. I was on a remodel back in the late 80's of one of those old clothing factories down next to the football stadium. Totally gutted it out, framed up the interiors real pretty and they were all trimmed in Brazilian Teak and such. Gourmet kitchens, loft beds, oak and teak floors. You can spend $2 million on what basically comes to a 2500 sq/ft studio apartment with a view of the Stadium and it's parking lot.

You also have junkies doing everything junkies do in the alleyway below your window. During the job, we'd regularly find 2 liter soda bottles full of needles, piles of really steamy liquid excrement and once a severely injured 14 year old hooker/junkie who'd been almost beaten to death by her pimp. Just about every day something new would show up on the jobsite. I would have hated to live there when they asploded the Kingdome.


They don't have many public restrooms for the reasons you've listed above and people turning tricks in them as well - see also Capitol Hill.
We went to a festival in the U district last summer and the coffee shop was holding ID's for people wanting to use their toilet.
Btw - I saw the Kingdome get assploded; it was cool.
 
2012-03-25 11:19:10 AM  
So what. It's a job, subby. You know, that thing you keep blaming Obama for you not having?
 
2012-03-25 11:24:46 AM  

Deathfrogg: They tried installing public toilets around the City. What happened was they were staked out by heroin and crack dealers and used as their offices. Others were vandalized, one was set on fire the first week it was in place.

I was hoping someone would remember THIS. The city paid $5 million for 5 high-tech automated toilets in 2004. A few years later, they quietly put them up for sale on eBay.

 
2012-03-25 11:52:32 AM  
do they measure by unit of vomit or by calls? Also.. you can't really dust for vomit.
 
2012-03-25 11:54:08 AM  

AbbeySomeone: Pioneer Square, Sodo, etc have always been this way. The 'increase' is due to somebody who paid too much for a condo in an old building getting their knickers in a twist.


Or it could be the fact that Seattle and Portland are havens for the homeless, with rampant drug use and crime as the foreseeable result.

But don't let that stop you next time you get off work and see 4 people at all 4 corners of the intersection, cross changing their cardboard signs and asking for a handout. THATS GOV'MENTS JERB, NOT MINE.
 
2012-03-25 12:02:32 PM  
i1136.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-25 12:10:33 PM  

Fade2black: AbbeySomeone: Pioneer Square, Sodo, etc have always been this way. The 'increase' is due to somebody who paid too much for a condo in an old building getting their knickers in a twist.

Or it could be the fact that Seattle and Portland are havens for the homeless, with rampant drug use and crime as the foreseeable result.

But don't let that stop you next time you get off work and see 4 people at all 4 corners of the intersection, cross changing their cardboard signs and asking for a handout. THATS GOV'MENTS JERB, NOT MINE.


Ballard Bridge seems to have the most.
I used to give them a dollar if they had a good sign.
 
2012-03-25 12:29:33 PM  
I used to work right on Pioneer Square in the early 90s. Urine, bums, gunshots and movie sets. That's what I remember. For me, Pioneer Square protocol was headphones on ears, but silent, so no one would talk to you, no eye contact, and purse strapped over the body so it would be hard to steal. And walk fast, but all determined-like.

Then I moved to Portland and was bowled over that downtown wasn't at all like Seattle's Pioneer square. Heck Portland even has a Pioneer square, and people actually enjoy going there! It was a real culture shock.
 
2012-03-25 12:35:04 PM  

felixecho: For me, Pioneer Square protocol was headphones on ears, but silent, so no one would talk to you, no eye contact, and purse strapped over the body so it would be hard to steal. And walk fast, but all determined-like.


That sounds like the average Seattlite! No eye contact, scared...

I used to live across the street from farking CLUB Z. Nothing like an anonymous gay sex meth club to get you good neighbors. But I still miss my apartment. It's the city, whatcha gonna do?
 
2012-03-25 01:21:14 PM  
And it's somebody else's job to clean the urine, vomit and fecal matter in Seattle's Pioneer Square.
 
2012-03-25 01:22:50 PM  

ka1axy: BitwiseShift: Great article, especially coming from the Port-a-Potty lobby. And the Coffee™ shops. It's good to know that cities plan for ATM machines every 30 feet but actual public toilets never.

^^^This. Walking around downtown Seattle, there are lots of nice buildings and public spaces, but no public toilets to be found.
Just a thought, but maybe some well built public toilets would help keep that shiat in the appropriate place.


Uhm, we had public toilets in Seattle. That was $12,000,000.00 down the toilet, as they were vandalized out of existence, by the very same homeless that don't mind squatting in the middle of the freaking street.
 
2012-03-25 01:34:58 PM  

ka1axy: BitwiseShift: Great article, especially coming from the Port-a-Potty lobby. And the Coffee™ shops. It's good to know that cities plan for ATM machines every 30 feet but actual public toilets never.

^^^This. Walking around downtown Seattle, there are lots of nice buildings and public spaces, but no public toilets to be found.
Just a thought, but maybe some well built public toilets would help keep that shiat in the appropriate place.


There used to be public toilets along Broadway, but that idea was not very well thought out. It just gave people a private place to get high.
 
2012-03-25 01:36:46 PM  

Fade2black: Or it could be the fact that Seattle and Portland are havens for the homeless, with rampant drug use and crime as the foreseeable result.


You're so right. Seattle is just rampant with crime. Crime, crime, crime. Why, I can't walk twenty feet downtown without being raped and beaten by three homeless junkies.

Seriously, Seattle is one of the safest cities in America. I've lived here for over six years and have never, once, feared for my safety even when walking around at night in "bad" neighborhoods. Most of the crime we do have is non-violent robberies, and most violent crimes are gang- or drug-related and won't affect you if you aren't in a gang or dealing drugs.

/rampant drug use I'll give you
 
2012-03-25 01:55:05 PM  
Man..I remember partying down there when I was 21. Do they still have that deal where you pay a flat fee and you can hop into any bar?
 
2012-03-25 01:56:43 PM  
Move the missions away from downtown, end the ride free zone on the buses. That will get rid of the bum problem in Seattle.
 
IP
2012-03-25 02:04:44 PM  
As someone who actually works in Pioneer Square I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

/Srsly, all of the social services for the city are concentrated in Pioneer Square
//waddayagonnado?
 
2012-03-25 03:07:17 PM  

89 Stick-Up Kid: ...end the ride free zone on the buses


They are doing this. I hope it does take some of the grime away from Metro.

Chameleon: Seriously, Seattle is one of the safest cities in America. I've lived here for over six years and have never, once, feared for my safety even when walking around at night in "bad" neighborhoods. Most of the crime we do have is non-violent robberies, and most violent crimes are gang- or drug-related and won't affect you if you aren't in a gang or dealing drugs.


That's because we have Phoenix Jones watching out for us.
 
2012-03-25 04:59:46 PM  
I've never done my business outdoors in Pioneer Square, but I did purposely piss on the outside of the EMP Museum about a month after it opened. After all, don't piss and shiat go hand in hand?
 
2012-03-25 06:25:11 PM  

AbbeySomeone: Deathfrogg: They tried installing public toilets around the City. What happened was they were staked out by heroin and crack dealers and used as their offices. Others were vandalized, one was set on fire the first week it was in place.

Seattle homeless aren't just "homeless". Quite a few of them are hard core junkies or schizophrenics. Put some effort into setting them up in a place to live, eat, shower and otherwise shelter themselves, and they will do all sort of things like smashing their toilets or choosing a corner to pee in instead of using the toilet.

AbbeySomeone: Pioneer Square, Sodo, etc have always been this way. The 'increase' is due to somebody who paid too much for a condo in an old building getting their knickers in a twist.

This. I was on a remodel back in the late 80's of one of those old clothing factories down next to the football stadium. Totally gutted it out, framed up the interiors real pretty and they were all trimmed in Brazilian Teak and such. Gourmet kitchens, loft beds, oak and teak floors. You can spend $2 million on what basically comes to a 2500 sq/ft studio apartment with a view of the Stadium and it's parking lot.

You also have junkies doing everything junkies do in the alleyway below your window. During the job, we'd regularly find 2 liter soda bottles full of needles, piles of really steamy liquid excrement and once a severely injured 14 year old hooker/junkie who'd been almost beaten to death by her pimp. Just about every day something new would show up on the jobsite. I would have hated to live there when they asploded the Kingdome.

They don't have many public restrooms for the reasons you've listed above and people turning tricks in them as well - see also Capitol Hill.
We went to a festival in the U district last summer and the coffee shop was holding ID's for people wanting to use their toilet.
Btw - I saw the Kingdome get assploded; it was cool.


People still turn tricks, sell drugs, and shoot up. The difference is now they just do it on the street or in alleys instead of behind closed doors.
 
2012-03-25 07:00:25 PM  

The_Sponge: Old Seattle joke:

Why do they call it Pioneer Square when all you see are Indians?


I don't get it.
 
2012-03-25 08:08:49 PM  

AbbeySomeone: Fade2black: AbbeySomeone: Pioneer Square, Sodo, etc have always been this way. The 'increase' is due to somebody who paid too much for a condo in an old building getting their knickers in a twist.

Or it could be the fact that Seattle and Portland are havens for the homeless, with rampant drug use and crime as the foreseeable result.

But don't let that stop you next time you get off work and see 4 people at all 4 corners of the intersection, cross changing their cardboard signs and asking for a handout. THATS GOV'MENTS JERB, NOT MINE.

Ballard Bridge seems to have the most.
I used to give them a dollar if they had a good sign.



i759.photobucket.com

Taken outside the QFC in Wallingford.

As the sign was pretty cool (so was he), I bought him a sandwich and soda, and took his picture.
 
2012-03-25 08:53:50 PM  

Miss Stein:

Taken outside the QFC in Wallingford.


I know that guy!!
 
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