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I have lived in downtown Seattle for more than 20 years and have never been afraid for my well-being — until last week.

I was at a storage facility to retrieve some items. Tent dwellers encamped under the stairs leading to the waterfront were involved in a loud argument. I did not know if there were weapons present but was very uncomfortable, fearing for my safety and that of tourists and other city residents using the stairs.

We all sympathize with the less fortunate and hope for stable housing for all, but the public should never feel or be at risk.

I spoke to management at the storage facility requesting that the police be called only to be told that officers will not respond. This is not acceptable. City leaders need to find a solution now.

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Patti Brustkern, Seattle