Last weekend my wife and I went to the Pet Parade to watch our grandchild and his pet march in the annual event. We parked about three blocks away from Fifth Avenue where the parade was starting.
On the way there, I witnessed a drug deal on the sidewalk between Sylvester park and Capitol Way. On the way back, a different group was doing a drug deal in a doorway to a commercial storefront. The pet parade began at 10 a.m. and was finished by 11 a.m.
These crimes lead to homelessness, violence, theft and an overall feeling that downtown Olympia is not safe. If people don’t feel safe, they won’t visit downtown, shops will close, the city’s sales tax base will be gone and it will be run by the drug dealers.