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Wisdom from a longtime philanthropist and activist: ‘It’s going to take some upheaval.’

As a young woman working for the Washington State Welfare Department in the 1950s, Suzanne Hittman was tasked with checking in on the many single men living in hotels along Seattle’s 1st Avenue in the wake of the Great Depression and World War II.

“You’d visit and talk to them, ask what their needs were. Did they need medical help?” she says. “I was young enough that I thought you could change it all, make …

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