Tacoma Urbanist

Feb. 17, 2008 at 12:34am

Embattled McKinley Neighbors Fight to Regain Control

McKinley Neighborhood is battling against "intimidation and threats" in their neighborhood. Here's a video via Feed Tacoma blogger and the Tribune's City of Ruston specialist Scott Fontaine

Instances of apparent intimidation and threats against residents sparked the march. Tim and Kelly Mulligan, residents of the McKinley neighborhood for the past six years, witnessed repeated apparent drug deals and prostitution. On Jan. 27, they wrote down the license-plate numbers of two cars and called the police with the information.

A resident recently threatened Tim Mulligan’s life, Kelly said. The next night, Kelly was sitting in her car when the same man approached the vehicle, stood about a foot outside her door and stared her down.

They left their home for a week. When they returned, Kelly said they were there about an hour when someone drove on their front lawn and peeled out. Others drove by and stared them down. The police have been “extremely supportive,” Kelly said, but she said the entire area needs more support. Her neighbors didn’t let her down on a cold Saturday morning.


Commentary

I believe this is the geographic area which is trying to get the new alcohol impact area established.

The behavior here is pretty scary as it indicates that an entrenched lawless group is unwilling to give up their turf and are openly fighting back against the neighbors.  This seems so brazen.

Recently, we have seen neighbors fight against nuisance behavioir and criminal activity but rarely such confrontative actions.  At least not lately.

I have to wonder where do all of the criminal elements live that are harassing the neighbors?  Are they felons is some housing facility?  It stillamazes me how many areas of Tacoma are still trying to maintain the integrity of the basic social fabric.

Tacoma supports you McKinley Hill neighbors in taking back your neighborhood!  Let us know what we can do.

Does anyone have an update of the new coffee shop that was supposed to go in McKinley Hill?  Here's the video:

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Comments

by marv on 2/18/2008 @ 1:58pm
I don't have a date for that Coffe shop yet, I know they are completing some work required by COT. I, and I am sure,others, will post when they open. I have been in there already for meetings, beautiful fireplace, and will have WI-FI.... can't wait for it.

by Erik on 2/18/2008 @ 3:00pm
I don't have a date for that Coffe shop yet, I know they are completing some work required by COT. I, and I am sure,others, will post when they open. I have been in there already for meetings, beautiful fireplace, and will have WI-FI.... can't wait for it.

Cool. Let everyone know. Now the neighbors will have a command center.

by NineInchNachos on 2/18/2008 @ 6:54pm
Wow thats nuts. Nice work Mr. Fontaine

by Catherine on 2/19/2008 @ 10:23am
Eric, I was reading your artical on the sun and I have a question for you. See when I call to get a junk car remeoved it takes 10 -14 days if it happens at all. The city does not remove trash (gotta have a neighborhood cleanup), the City also does not remove grafitti. IN fact the home or business owner can be fined if it is not removed by them in a reasonable time frame. They want to know about it because it helps them track gangs/taggers and prevent further crimes. If you live in the Eastside area you can get paint and supplies for painting over grafitti for free provided by donations and the Neighborhood Council, just by going to the substation and asking for it.

I appreciate your artical, but generally all these things do require getting out of the armchair and putting on some work gloves.

by Erik on 2/19/2008 @ 12:58pm
The city does not remove trash (gotta have a neighborhood cleanup),

I would explore more the Tacoma Cares program more.

Code enforcement
The Tacoma CARES program enforces the following:

Nuisances (primarily litter and debris)


www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?hid=1768

If they find a property in violation, they can issue a notice to the property owner, clean up the property and then change the owner for the cost. They have already done this with a great many Tacoma properties. However, they are fining out now that over 90 percent of owners voluntarily comply once a notice is issued.

• Other budget appropriations created funding to support farmers markets in Tacoma, expansion of the Community Based Services program, and expansion of the City’s nuisance abatement program citywide.

www.enewsbuilder.net/forwardtacoma/index...

by Fontaine on 2/19/2008 @ 4:24pm
Sorry it took a day or two to reply, but I'm gonna be running something this week about the coffee shop and all the hassles the guys have gone though to get it open.

by Erik on 2/19/2008 @ 7:27pm
I see this week's Tacomic addresses the McKinley Hill issue as well...for what it is worth:

www.feedtacoma.com/forum/feed-tacomic/2-...

by Erik on 2/19/2008 @ 7:55pm
I appreciate your artical, but generally all these things do require getting out of the armchair and putting on some work gloves.

Thanks for the feedback Catherine. I tried to make that clear in my article:

To make a larger difference, consider joining your neighborhood association, start a community garden and/or join a block watch.

www.tacomasun.com/2008/02/19/tacoma-armc...

There is certainly a whole range of activities someone can do to improve their neighborhood. However, for this particular article, I wanted to limit it to only activities which could be performed online or by phone.

I have had some pretty good success with a number of these issues.

Also, see Kevin's post on getting a streetlight repaired:

i.feedtacoma.com/KevinFreitas/need-light...

(Hmm. I just notice that on Kevin's post, Jake has information on lighting alleys. Hmm. I missed that in my article.)

by Catherine on 2/20/2008 @ 1:30pm
I think it would be interesting to find a few local citizens in different parts of the city, who are not otherwise known to the community and set them each on a 'treasure hunt" of obtaining different city services. You could even write a script, then see what happens in terms of the results/timelines etc. I would hope that we would find no disparity in their experiences, however I hear so many differing stories, that it does somtimes cause me to wonder....