SEATTLE - Public safety in Pioneer Square is why some business owners and neighbors gathered for an Open House on Thursday. Some residents say they've witnessed daily drug deals, prostitution, and violent crime.
Noting that the "violence can hold a community hostage" the Alliance for Pioneer Square invited the public in for a brainstorming event. People used bright colored markers to fill up blank pieces of paper with ideas on how to address some of the crime.
Lisa Dixon with the Alliance for Pioneer Square says more than 150 people participated.
"We have literally hundreds of ideas at this point," said Dixon. "The community cares about what is going on."
The Alliance acknowledges that there is a police presence in the area, but they want to work with the city to bring more resources to Pioneer Square.
A Seattle police Captain and the King County Sheriff attended the Open House on Thursday.