Town Square

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About Town Square

Town Square is a Seattle Channel series dedicated to connecting people and ideas. With lectures, debates, and forums recorded around the city at places such as Town Hall, the Seattle Public Library, and the Central District Forum of Arts and Ideas, Town Square brings interesting and provocative conversations to cable TV and the web.

Town Square: History Café: Records of Homelessness
Town Square: History Café: Records of Homelessness

Homelessness is not a new issue in Seattle, but how we approach this complex topic has varied throughout the decades. Anne Frantilla and Jeanie Fisher from the Seattle Municipal Archives detail the ways Seattle’s government and residents have responded to homelessness, from the Hoovervilles of the Great Depression to the Nickelsvilles of the 21st century, and today.

Anne Frantilla, Seattle Municipal Archives
Jeanie Fisher, Seattle Municipal Archives