Re: “Homelessness authority has a vision for downtown Seattle recovery — but first they’re asking for $27M” [Oct. 26, Local News]:

We have lived in Pioneer Square and First Hill since 1993, now going on 30 years. We walk, and we take the bus. We are now in our 80s, and we’ve loved living at the active heart of Seattle through all this time. Now what we love has deteriorated badly in every respect.

We are heartened to read that the downtown area will now be the focus of concerted efforts to assist people who suffer with addiction and other problems. There are hundreds of such people in our area. Doing so can make a big difference in their lives, and it would be a signal that Seattle cares about its citizens.

Linda and Paul Niebanck, Seattle