SEATTLE - The Wing Luke Museum is a place that has charted history, culture, and the arts for years.
Rahul Gupta has been there to watch it grow.
"The arts are contemporary, the history is living, it's out there in the neighborhood, every day," he said.
The Director of Education and Tours at the museum, has also watched recent charges through the windows.
This place, named after the first council member of color in Seattle, is watching, with interest what the Council now does about the neighbors next door.
"The homeless populations down here, we look at them a residents too," he said.
The area, two blocks away from the museum, has been one of four spots targeted for a new strategy in the city's homelessness crisis.
This week, the City, with the blessing of the Council and the Mayor, will start distributing green trash bags to the spots, which are near I-5. The City hopes the residents of the unsanctioned encampments will bag their refuse, instead of leaving it on the street. The City says it will determine how frequently a contractor will pick it up.
It's a pilot project proposed by Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold.
"There is a real public health issue with people living outside," she said at City Hall on Wednesday. "It's an important and low tech approach, and common sense."
"The city has never done this before," she said.
"We're trying to develop the most low barrier system we can, rather than tell them they have to walk a bag of garbage three blocks to a designated dumpster," said Scott Lindsay, Mayor Ed Murray's point person on the homeless emergency.
"We're piloting it at first to figure out what the service model is. How frequently do we need to go, and how well do people respond to how to use this service," said Lindsay.
The project will be tested during the month of April. If successful, Herbold and Lindsay say they hope to expand the program, through Herbold's line item amendment allotting $200,000 for encampment sanitation services.
Gupta calls it a "good thing, personally" and says he believes the City should do whatever it can to help.
"We all live in the neighborhood, if we are all stewards, that's part of the goal."