Even the residents of Portland, Oregon are scared of the city’s downtown area. This results from a large spike in the violence in the area, a rapidly expanding homeless problem, nearly a year-long campaign of rioting, as reported by The Oregonian from a poll they issued.
The downtown area of Portland, and sometimes its residential areas, have been the focal point of an almost never-ending and often dangerous strong of violent demonstrations for the past year. This started after the death of George Floyd perished while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. These demonstrations started as anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests but have quickly devolved into a large multi-pronged destructive storm that is pushing out many of the cities residents.
“Residents in the metro area surrounding Portland, Oregon, say the city’s downtown is dirty, unsafe, and uninviting, and they don’t expect to visit as often,” stated The New York Post this past Sunday while citing The Oregonian’s poll. “Residents described the city’s core as ‘destroyed,’ ‘trashed,’ and ‘sad,’ and frequently referred to ‘riots’ in discussing the city’s economic and cultural hub.”
“In the poll, 85 percent said downtown was important, or very important, to the city’s economy. More than 100,000 people worked there prior to the pandemic, about 1 in every 20 jobs in the state,” stated the news source. “While 63 percent of respondents said they see downtown as less safe, 86 percent said they feel safe in their own neighborhoods. The main issues they cited were cleanliness and crime.”
These riots have been plaguing the city of Portland since last May. However, When the Biden administration failed to stop the violent demonstrations, city officials of Portland finally started to crack down on the chaos flowing through the streets. These actions seem to be too little too late as this past week a suspected anarchist group centered in Portland threatened a surge in the chaos with a major wave in destruction unless Ted Wheeler, the city’s mayor, puts in his resignation.
The threats and unrest are so bad that the FBI has reportedly become involved due to the fact that the gun violence in the city has “gone beyond a public safety crisis,” as reported by a local media source.
“With news of an ‘imminent’ threat of gun violence in Portland, Police Chief Chuck Lovell, and an FBI official spoke about violence reduction efforts during a media briefing on Saturday,” KOIN stated. “The Portland City Council announced police and the FBI will be on the streets of the city for the next few days, citing intelligence that there are ‘imminent’ efforts from outside groups to ‘engage and advance gun violence’ this weekend. PPB Chief Lovell joined Oregon FBI Special Agent in Charge Keiran Ramsey on Saturday to discuss what authorities are doing to mitigate the violence permeating the city.”