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caption: A sign at the exit of Capitol Hill's occupied protest zone.
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A sign at the exit of Capitol Hill's occupied protest zone.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Casey Martin

The evolution of CHOP

Some say the area has been gentrified; others say that if police come back, they're not leaving without a fight.

In the past few weeks, the area outside Capitol Hill’s East Precinct Police Station has gone from a violent flashpoint between protesters and police to something of a hippie commune, after police pulled out of the area.

With the message being diluted and several recent shootings, it’s unclear how long the current peace will last.

KUOW’s Casey Martin has been there from the tear gas through the tent community.