Residents and local business owners in Portland, Oregon are begging city officials to crackdown on the region’s out-of-control homeless crisis; saying the issue is forcing many longtime locals to flee the city.
“Like Los Angeles and San Francisco, this smaller city to the north has been struggling with a growing homeless crisis that ranks among the worst in the country. Conditions on the ground have gotten so bad that it’s hardening even the most liberal of bleeding hearts,” reports Fox News.
“I put blinders on a lot,” said one woman. “Like tunnel vision. I choose not to acknowledge it.”
“Portland’s metropolitan area has swollen to 2.4 million people, a far cry in both size and culture from the rough-and-tumble, river-port boomtown settled by 19th Century lumberjacks and longshoremen. In recent decades, Portland’s embrace of progressive politics and hipster crunchiness has earned it praise, as well as gentle mockery as the Pacific Northwest’s capital of ‘wokeness’ on the TV series Portlandia. In recent weeks, Portland has seen the dark side of political activism, hosting a pair of violent face-offs between Antifa and far-right groups,” adds Fox.
One business owner says sales are down 15% due to the homeless population surrounding his shop.
“How safe is it to have mentally ill homeless people walking around on the streets?” resident Naomi Oliver asked Fox News. “Is it better to throw them in jail? Isn’t that what they are doing now?”
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