Seattle is Dying

2019, Society  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 7.21/10 from 75 users.

Bordered by beautiful mountain ranges and gleaming waters, Seattle is one of the most desirable spots to live in the United States. According to Seattle is Dying, a documentary produced by the local KOMO news outlet, the appeal of the city is giving way to rampant crime, homelessness and disgrace.

After tackling issues related to homelessness and drug addiction in previous documentaries, the outlet decided to focus on how these elements impact the quality of life for residents and what can be done to curb the tide of despair that has gripped their beloved city.

The scope of the problem is distressing, and its visual evidence can be seen on nearly every corner. Junkyards hiding under overpasses, tents set up on the side of highways, disturbed members of the homeless community shouting obscenities on downtown streets.

The city has spent large amounts of money to battle the epidemic in their communities, but these philanthropic efforts have had little effect. The film illustrates a profound disconnect between the reality on the streets and the courses of action taken by the city's government agencies.

That disconnect is the central focus of the film as the filmmakers attempt to devise a strategy for restoring order to the region. They receive input from several whistleblower police officers who wish to remain anonymous. The conditions on the street are nearly post-apocalyptic, they claim, and the criminal justice system limits their ability to effectively enforce the law.

In a random list of 100 repeat offenders, the filmmakers find that every subject is homeless and drug-addicted. Most of those tested are afflicted with mental illness. But the majority of them have repeatedly been thrown back into society without a conviction or additional follow-up of any kind.

Seattle is Dying isn't afraid to examine the stark realities behind these issues. It does not intend to demonize the vulnerable. To the contrary, it questions why the city hasn't been able to do more for them. Ultimately, the film endorses more virulent enforcement, and advocates for increased access to recovery services for the city's population of prisoners and other at-risk individuals.

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14 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Dave

    One of the best documentaries I have seen. I am American living overseas in Asia. It is a shame to watch the U.S. implode and nothing is being done about it. It was good to see the problem explained so clearly and a solution portrayed at the end. Hats off to those in Rhode Island.

    Where I live the streets are spotless, trains are clean, and I do not encounter what I have seen in the movie. I am not saying there are no problems here (there are) however the problems shown about Seattle (which also exist in my hometown of San Francisco) are devastating.

    I fear the U.S. will need to get much worse before anything gets better. It seems neither of the political parties have a viable solution (in my opinion).

    Again....I tip my hat to those workers in Rhode Island.

  2. Thomas

    I live in Redding. A northern California town. We are on the same level as Seattle but no where near the scale. Seattle really does look like sh*t from what I have seen in this film. Medication cant substitute self respect; it can give an individual enough time to learn it.

  3. Dave

    Put them in concentration camps.

  4. Mars

    fantastic. There is a way to help.

  5. Jack

    I look forward to the day when all the "Progressive " bastions collapse under there collective bureaucratic weight. Exactly as the USSR and other failed Socialist states
    and like ideologies that came before them.

  6. Mark Gaboury

    The drug problem, with all of its attendant crime and filth, is a symptom of leftist policies. It's that simple, folks.

  7. Tominator

    Just back from Seattle. I live in the North East. I've visited Seattle dozen of times throughout the decades, and used to love to hang in the once great city. Pikes Market, ferry landing, downtown. I no longer feel safe, as the city gets dirtier and filled with grossness from the wacked out druggies. Meth is a much bigger problem on the west coast vs east. Heroin for both, is bad news. Homeless is the general category given to this DRUG problem. The city is dying because their is no plan in place to address this problem. The film offers one possibility that is being used in Providence, RI.
    The anti police comments here are close minded, and offer no possible solutions. Perhaps some of these police hater people should walk the streets of some of these west coast cities and be challenged by some of these crazies, as I have. Feel what it's like to have your child our wife with you on these walks.

  8. Maggie

    Could we learn from the R.I. rehab program?

  9. Carl

    This documentary speaks the truth. Plain and simple.
    The big unspoken truth here is that Seattle along with San Francisco are lead by liberals so open minded their brains fell out. There would be similar dire consequences if just conservatives governed a city or region. There has to be a balance of both sides politically. When one side is shut out then the checks and balances, put in place, whither and die.
    The answer is evident for those with a mind. Enforce the laws for the safety of the citizens whilst mandating drug treatment as a condition of release back into society. The financial burden would soon be equaled and surpassed by the savings of reduced crime and all that comes with it.

  10. winter

    You speak of empowering cops to punish the homeless, sick, and insane. This is the kind of thing cops most love to do because it doesn't place them in danger. Mostly they worry about missing out on their early retirement. My advice to you, if you are wond -ering what to do with your life? Take a couple criminal justice classes so you can be a c op. It's easy money, especially if you happen to be a woman.

  11. JMFD

    "Let's give police more power because seeing the homeless poor hurts my feelings."
    - the whole point of this documentary

    1. DesertGypsyGirl

      JMFD - You had better watch this documentary again. You completely missed the point.

    2. JK

      That's how I interpreted most of the doc as well. Wealthy people feeling entitled to something they can't see a real path towards. They don't see that inequality, and their status in a high class is part of the scale that tips the "problematic" people and lifestyles into poverty and wretchedness. P.S. I don't think you need to watch the doc again.. you seem to get the bigger picture.

    3. bowen

      Agreed, this attitude is counter productive and toxic. I'd recommend taking these issues to your doctor not your fiduciary.