One way that gang activity and violence is changing the face of Seattle for everyone. A friend bought a condo on South Jackson and 28th Ave. Until this spring, there were trees on the street. Now there are stumps. She found out that the trees had recently been cut down because gang members were using them for cover in shootings.
This effects everyone's quality of life, particularly as gang activity has proliferated over the last couple of years and occasionally pops up in unexpected locales such as Queen Anne and Northgate. Recent news reports have also made a point to link our greenery to increased risk for assault.