- Posted December 18, 2008 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Signs of the economic times
Pink Tents in Seattle
A true story of a homeless shelter, a veteran, and a community pushed around. Takes place in Seattle, WA
A sign of the economic times. A big result of foreclosures. The true story - the politicians talk as it is represented on the streets.
A sign of economic recession.
NOTES TO CNN PRODUCERS/DIRECTOR/TD/GRAPHICS PRODUCERS
I claim no responsibility for spelling. The names of public officials and the name of
nicholsville can most likely be checked online.
Top and bottom lower thirds are provided for most of the story.
Tent City Homeless Shelter
Near U of W, Seattle, WA
Homeless people fall victim to countless stereotypes.
Allegedly, they are lazy people who lack intelligence.
Allegedly, they chose to make nothing of their lives.
--graphic -- nothing could be further from the truth
(quote from former marine)
homeless marine corps veteran
It's called Nicholsville - having been named after Seattle Mayor Greg Nichols.
The mayor has, over the past several months, moved tent city from place to place,
and even tried to shut it down.
Shelter has Tents and Donated Kitchen
Has been moved several times by city police
They had moved four times in less than three weeks. That was before the presidential
Some of the homeless individuals within tent city believe that
Mayor Nichols has no authority to move tent city around.
Reportedly, he has issued executive orders to the city police department, to move tent
city from place to place, without approval of the city council.
Not everyone chooses to live here. If they had a choice, not many people would.
(quote from man in chair regarding back injury and roomate)
Many people have been left behind by Wall St. Main St. has suffered dramatically.
But for these homeless individuals, Main St. might be a different street tomorrow than
it is today.
(quote from xavier-same lower third above, we're all just human beings)
At tent city, in Seattle Washington, I'm Nathan, a video journalism student. I report