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News today about a Seattle institution abandoning its downtown Seattle location over “crime concerns.” Bartell Drug has been a local institution for over 100 years; it is closing its downtown store because it can no longer afford to stay open. It will pay rent on its location even after the store closes. Street people are wreaking havoc with the central city. The Third Avenue location is in an especially fraught area, with near continual reports of assaults and property damage. And this is kitty-corner to Benaroya Hall, the home of the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.
Then, another story of a burglary gone wrong just a few blocks away from the doomed Bartell’s. This would be funny if it weren’t so ugly.