Aug 17, 2016 — On the plus side, Harvard Market have agreed to take action.
On the minus side, the actions they have opted to take are half-measures that I feel only provide optics without actually solving anything.
Their solution, as it were, is to shut down the parking lot from 10:30 PM to 3:00 AM on Friday and Saturday, and to allow SPD to act as the arbiters of what constitutes trespassing on this property. No effort is being made to increase on-site security (CCTV cameras or a private security patrol), and it is uncertain how these closures will be enforced or how they will impact residents of the adjoining apartment buildings.
Additionally, this closure means that there is less parking for nearby businesses during key nightlife hours, and it will likely only be enforced on a basis of profiling and knee-jerk reactions - things that the SPD, while better than many police departments - have historically had difficulties with, especially regarding race and perceived socioeconomic status.
This proposed solution does not do anything to address the problem, and it only further inconveniences people - and such inconveniencing will likely have an effect of causing even more problems as people rebel against this seemingly-arbitrary decision. Opting to use the SPD as a security force also puts an additional burden on public resources and only further strengthens the class divide that is becoming all too apparent in Seattle.
I implore the management of Harvard Market to reconsider this course of action and instead change course to the proposal given in this very petition - better monitoring and better visibility.
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