Tag Archives: Nickelsville

The Margin Dwellers

April 4, 2017 A word of advice to aspiring reporters: Don’t ever volunteer for the poverty beat. It’ll tear the heart out of you. Meet Jennifer Allison (on the left). She’s the manager at the Georgian Motel on Aurora Ave N. … Continue reading

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Derelicts: How a huge Seattle non-profit left a tiny homeless camp to rot

May 5, 2016 Back Story If you follow this blog, you’ll already know a lot of the Nickelsville Dearborn story. That’s the camp at 1010 South Dearborn Street near downtown Seattle that sheltered between 35 and 50 homeless people from the … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Good Shepherd

RCW 36.01.290 “Authorizing religious organizations to host temporary encampments for homeless persons on property owned or controlled by a religious organization” –This statute was enacted by the Washington State Legislature in 2010. It grants churches the right to set up temporary … Continue reading

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The End of Camp Dearborn

March 11, 2016 Today Seattle police moved to evict the small group of homeless campers who continued to occupy the Dearborn Street site formerly known as Nickelsville. This move was taken in response to a request from Chris Koh, who owned the … Continue reading

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Kshama Sawant and Occupy Camp Dearborn

February 26, 2016 Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant won’t respond to my complaints about the treatment of people in homeless camps. She won’t meet with me to discuss creating a streamlined and independent grievance process to protect homeless people living in … Continue reading

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Letter from Camp Dearborn

The letter below was sent yesterday via e-mail to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council concerning a city-sanctioned homeless encampment in downtown Seattle known as Camp Dearborn (formerly Nickelsville Dearborn). The author, David Delgado, is a social … Continue reading

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Lisa Bright and Dark

Lisa Herbold is the presumptive new Seattle councilmember for my district. Her campaign platform is that she works for the little people (just like Kshama Sawant) and that she’s not for sale to corporations. She might not be for sale, … Continue reading

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Whitewash-Dot-Com: How the Internet sanitizes SHARE

Readers of this blog will recall that I devote some of my time to discussing how journalists are manipulated – sometimes with their own connivance – by non-profit organizations and others who stand to make a buck from good publicity. … Continue reading

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Homeless Camps: Do they get people off the street?

Do homeless camps really get people off the street? Or do they merely concentrate them in one place? One thing is for certain: The camps do attract homeless people. And not all of those people are actually in the camp. … Continue reading

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Getting High With A Little Help From His Friends: The Scott Morrow Story

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, the name Scott Morrow will be a familiar one. If you’re not a reader, Morrow is the Seattle man who founded and controls two Seattle-area homeless shelter organizations. His Rotund Eminence can regularly … Continue reading

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The Ecology of Failure

So one of my hot tippers calls me today and tells me I gotta get down to the bottom of Highland Park Hill, where the state DOT is cutting brush and clearing out some homeless people. So I rush down … Continue reading

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ppl (1.23.14)

This lady’s been chillin’ at the intersection of Highland Park Way SW and West Marginal Way SW in Seattle: It’s right where Nickelsville used to be. A world-class destination for panhandlers: Would you like to know what her sign says? –Of … Continue reading

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The Village Quixotic (or: How to avoid headaches by thinking with your tear ducts)

Some astute TBQ readers have been linking me stuff about Olympia’s new Nickelsville knock-off, a joint called “Quixote Village.” Here’s an extract from the 12/31/13 edition of the Olympian newspaper: The residents of Camp Quixote are no longer vagabonds. They … Continue reading

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$64,000 (and counting) To Keep Out Nickelsville Refugees!

In earlier posts, I told you how the City of Seattle has had to shell out for a series of post-Nickelsville clean-up operations at Myers Way South, a mile up the road from where the original Nickelsville camp was, before … Continue reading

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The Ghettoization of the Soul

Here’s another Nickelsville hype piece from our friends at Real Change News. The story is designed to make you believe that Nickelsville is the last place of refuge for families with children: Nickelsville Elementary

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ppl (12.18.13)

ppl is an ongoing series of posts about the post-Nickelsville clean-up. Nickelsville is an illegal squatters camp –now three separate camps – that was evicted from the Highland Park neighborhood of West Seattle in early September, 2013. See the previous entry … Continue reading

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Nickelsville: Finding a solution

I offer this recent guest editorial from the Seattle Times for your edification. The author, one Derek Low, is a student* in the MSW (Master of Social Work) and MPH (Master of Public Health) programs at the University of Washington: … Continue reading

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ppl (12.3.13)

(“ppl”  is an ongoing series of posts about the post-Nickelsville clean-up. Nickelsville is an illegal squatters camp –now three separate camps – that was evicted from the Highland Park neighborhood of West Seattle in early September, 2013. See previous entries … Continue reading

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Nickelsville Skyway: They’re trashing our town!

Background: “Nickelsville” is a series of Seattle-area squatter camps run by a man named Scott Morrow and his lady friend Peggy Hotes. Morrow and Hotes also run a non-profit shelter organization called SHARE that already gets millions of dollars in … Continue reading

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Lisa Herbold ♥’s Scott Morrow

Look everyone! It’s Lisa Herbold! On faKebook. [click image to enlarge] * * * * *

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KPLU: Time to start paying your interns

Update! Retraction! (sort of) 11/12/14: Thanks in part to you, my diligent readers, Ms. Erin Hennessey, News Director at KPLU, got back to me on KPLU’s Skyway Nickelsville piece (see below). She also had a couple of clarifications for me: … Continue reading

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Nickelsville: D-Day + 1

Here are more post-Nickelsville photos sent in by TBQ readers. These were taken by different people who visited the camp on September 2, two days after all the structures were supposed to have been removed and the whole site was … Continue reading

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Nickelsville: The Gift That Keeps on Taking

July 8, 2013 People who support the idea of permanent homeless camps are fond of saying that homelessness is an economic problem and that the camps are one way of addressing that problem. It’s not hard to refute that claim. Consider this … Continue reading

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Homelessness: The Rules

March 25, 2013 Below is a list of rules and expectations given to homeless people when they arrive at the Nickelsville homeless encampment in Seattle, Washington. Upon entering the camp for the first time, “Nickelodeons” are asked to read and sign … Continue reading

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