Jesus carries the cross.
The Wall at the Public Safety Building.

Jerusalem, Station 2:
Jesus carries the cross.

Seattle, Station 2:
The Wall at the Public Safety Building.


The Wall is a memorial to our war dead, and a gathering place for the casualties of the modern economic war. It is the only location the City sanctions for free outdoor meal programs.

Engraved on a wall of marble, the names of those from Seattle who have died in foreign wars are memorialized and honored. The plaza below, the space between the Courthouse and the Municipal Building, is the only area in Seattle where outdoor meals served to homeless people are officially permitted. It's the one place outdoors you are most likely to be able to sit for awhile and not be chased off. A nearby building sports an advertising mural with a ticket labeled "Admit one to the Twentieth Century." The people who congregate here don't get those tickets.

Chart the IQ, the education level, the social skills of the people in the plaza, and those of the people walking by: they aren't that different. The people walking may name many reasons why the people in the plaza are different from them. There is really only one difference. Each person in the plaza carries a cross, "homelessness," that few walking by want to pick up.

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