Wednesday, July 13, 2016
To the Editor:
As a 30 year resident and a person who cares deeply about the quality of life in Shoreline, I must express my concern over the increasing deteriorating conditions outside of the Fred Meyer Store.
A number of years ago a row of trees was planted along Linden Avenue on the west side of the property. Initially that strip of land was maintained and was an attractive addition. No longer is that the case. It is long overdue for upkeep.
Unfortunately, and not Fred Meyer's fault, vehicles seem to occasionally bump into the rock wall on the south of the building. Repairs are very slow to happen if they happen at all. That gives the building the appearance of neglect.
Most concerning of all is the increasing population of panhandlers at the south entrance to the store. I am aware and sympathetic to the issues of homelessness in our community. There is a definite lack of affordable housing. However, the entrance to a store's parking lot is not a place to set up a home. There are resources available but those resources are not to be found in the parking lot. Many of us, myself included, may be unknowingly contributing to this increasing problem by giving to these panhandlers. If it is profitable for them to be there, they will remain. Surely there must be creative solutions for the well being of all.
I am aware of customers who choose to no longer shop at Fred Meyer because of this issue. Older residents do not feel safe. Families with young children do not feel safe. People who choose to walk to shop, do not feel safe.
I do not know the answer to all of these concerns. I do know that Fred Meyer in the past has been a caring and responsible member of the Shoreline Community. I am asking that they once again value their property and the safety of their consumers. As members of this community, we would be glad to work with and support them in their efforts.