Harrell, Gonzalez square off in mayoral debate over how to address Seattle homeless encampments

Seattle mayoral candidates Bruce Harrell and Lorena Gonzalez participated in a debate on Wednesday evening, to discuss their respective proposals to address the city’s homeless crisis.

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While both Harrell and Gonzalez agree on the need to rapidly scale up Seattle’s available shelter spaces, the difference between the two lies in their philosophies surrounding how to achieve that goal.

Speaking to his own priorities, Harrell frequently cited the need to keep sidewalks, public spaces, and parks clear of homeless encampments, arguing that “it is inhumane to allow people to stay in those parks under those conditions, without heat, without water,

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