On a gray and chilly spring morning, 40 volunteers converged at the Yesler Way bridge.
Off the road, erected under a canopy of pines, a series of tents and makeshift structures sat facing the metropolitan heart of downtown Seattle.
Below that, collecting along the fence separating a steep drop to Interstate 5, are piles of garbage: bed sheets, blankets, various articles of clothing, empty bottles and cans.
Hundreds of used syringes litter the ground. ...