A homeless encampment lines the sidewalk at Ballard Commons Park in Seattle on Monday.  Calling the situation in many of Seattle’s large parks “a spiraling public-health and public-safety crisis,” business and neighborhood groups sent a letter Monday to city government. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
A homeless encampment lines the sidewalk at Ballard Commons Park in Seattle on Monday. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
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Encampments, conditions at Seattle parks draw scrutiny as coronavirus pandemic drags on

Scores of tents have cropped up at parks across Seattle. Business and neighborhood groups want the city to do something about what they call "a spiraling public-health and public-safety crisis," citing an uptick in trash, drug use, violence and maintenance problems.

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