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Despite violence, Seattle is a 'great city'June 3, 2012 @ 6:05 pm (Updated: 8:35 am - 6/4/12 )
"In a city known for its post-hippie vibe - street fairs, vegan cafes and politics so earnestly committed to consensus that almost nothing gets done - Seattle's violent spring has been a rough awakening."
While writing about Seattle's 21 murders since the beginning of the year, the Los Angeles Times characterizes our city as "an emerald refuge at the corner of a troubled country."
Seattle is also "deeply stressed." There is a "sense of vulnerability in a city that usually feels tidy, if not a tad smug, behind its liberal ramparts," observes The New York Times in its article about last week's shootings.
Media organizations from both coasts are doing their jobs reporting on the increased gun violence. Sometimes, with the constant coverage of horrible crimes, it's easy to forget a few uplifting moments. We heard about one last week, with the man police described as a hero fighting off the Cafe Racer gunman with a couple of bar stools, allowing three people to escape.
Here's another positive reminder, posted today on Facebook by Nick Metz, the Seattle Police Department's Deputy Chief of Operations.
"Since the start of the Memorial Day Weekend, Seattle has seen several examples of the worst of the worst preying on innocent victims. At the same time, however, Seattle responded with its BEST OF THE BEST to aid the injured and their families," Metz writes.
"Seattle's Police Department (and regional partners), Fire Department, Harborview Medical Center, its incredible citizens, and even the media, stepped up together to show what's right about this city. Amidst the violence of the last ten days, it remains obvious why Seattle remains such a great city."
By LINDA THOMAS
AP Photo, Ted Warren from last Wednesday's fatal shooting at Cafe Racer near the University District in Seattle.
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