Seattle Looks to Minneapolis For Help in Cleaning Up Downtown

Minneapolis leaders will discuss their successful approach at an Oct. 14 public forum
Updated: Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:24
 
 
  • Minneapolis leaders will discuss their successful approach at an Oct. 14 public forum

Several Minneapolis public officials will share their innovative approaches to improving public safety during a forum Oct. 14.

The forum is the third in a series addressing public safety challenges in Seattle neighborhoods. It comes on the heels of the recently released “System Failure, Part 2” report. The new report, an update to an earlier report released this past February, contends that the city ― and its central business district in particular ― are plagued by “repeat criminal activity.”

Since February, 87 of 100 prolific offenders have been booked more than 220 times. A dozen of those offenders have been booked five times.

Several Seattle officials have expressed concern, including those from Visit Seattle, who insist that public safety issues threaten the city’s record-high tourism and convention business. Bartell Drugs CEO Kathi Lentzsch earlier this year announced that the Seattle retailer would no longer open stores downtown due to public safety concerns. 

The Minneapolis delegation will discuss the importance of public-private partnerships, the involvement of the city attorney’s office and how “active probation supervision, social service referrals and problem-solving courts” can help alleviate the problem.

The event, which is open to the public, runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at Axis Pioneer Square, 308 First Ave. S. The moderator is KIRO-97.3 radio personality Dave Ross.

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