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caption: The recently cleared Interurban Trail in the Bitterlake Neighborhood.
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The recently cleared Interurban Trail in the Bitterlake Neighborhood.
Credit: KUOW/ Casey Martin

Seattle sweeps homeless camp from Interurban Trail

Seattle's Interurban trail looks a bit different now that the city has removed several tents, and trash, from along the path.

Before last weekend, dozens of tents lined the trail in the Bitter Lake Neighborhood in North Seattle.

Farrine Mathews lived in a tent there for more than three months.

"We had a little community, you know I was actually one of the people that went from tent-to-tent and try to get people involved with each other," Mathews said.

Mathews said city crews moved in quickly and threw a lot of things away, including a community table where people shared supplies.

caption: Bits of debris remain where dozens of tents were once set up along the Interurban Trail near North 125th Street.
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Bits of debris remain where dozens of tents were once set up along the Interurban Trail near North 125th Street.
Credit: KUOW Photo/ Casey Martin

"A local Church put it in and it was just somewhere you could bring food and put it in there, or you could come and get food, there were books in there sometimes, or tampons, or toilet paper," Mathews said. "Just random things and they took it out."

After the clearing, Mathews hauled her few belongings to a tiny house.

Hear more of this story on KUOW's Seattle Now.