Federal Way ‘downtown’ a failure | Letter

Federal Way Mirror Police Blotter: “Drug deal gone bad: At 3:01 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Commons Mall, police responded to a shooting near the east side of Target. Officers located a vehicle along with shell casings and broken glass, suggesting several gunshots had been fired.”

Kudos to the Federal Way Police Department for the quick response to get the situation under control and protect our citizens. This is yet another example why the Commons Mall is not a suitable downtown for Federal Way. This was at 3:01 p.m., when families should be visiting a “real” downtown for a pleasant day, not dodging bullets. This is not a safe and enjoyable downtown experience for residents or visitors. Once and for all, the mayor and City Council should formally declare there will never be a bona fide downtown, that Federal Way will remain just a bedroom community and that a downtown Commons Mall is a farce. That way we can choose to avoid the intersection of 320th and Pacific Highway, the Commons Mall and surrounding businesses.

John Donhauser, Federal Way

More in Opinion

Fire commissioners keep old boys club

Commissioners lack the needed check and balance on the administration the public relies upon.

When tomorrow becomes today: King County cities must tackle affordable housing

Microsoft has started the regional dialogue, but will cities rise to the challenge?

Upstream causes rarely get addressed

A positive identity for this city requires all of us to work to become a destination city.

When tomorrow becomes today

Watch to see what your city will do with the challenge of affordable housing.

To serve the homeless

We hope the faces of those Mayor Ferrell met will make a difference when he reviews 2018 budget close-outs in April.

Condoms and education save lives

It’s also about chipping away at the persistent shame around sexual behavior that leads to real harm.

Federal Way school district’s grading system gets stamp of approval

College admissions officers approve district’s standards-based grading practices.

Major issues for Federal Way Council candidates

City’s top issues include homelessness, diversity, economic development and housing.

Who is the best community leader?

It’s time for our own “Best of” sponsored by the Mirror.

Poverty zombies taking root in Federal Way

Many of our leaders have promoted Federal Way as a middle-class oasis on the way up.

Legislative politics: President, governor, AG and speaker

As always money and power will be on the line and it will be an exciting session.

New series seeks to humanize homelessness

Mirror to tell stories of people in Federal Way experiencing homelessness in year-long series.