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Old Jun 6th, 2021, 11:10 AM
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Crazy question but my nephew said there is a large population of homeless in Portland, WA. I wanted to stay downtown at the Marriott by the water. He said it might not be safe to walk around as I might be alone.
What are your opinions on this?
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Old Jun 6th, 2021, 07:17 PM
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There are homeless in all the major west coast cities. I can speak to the Seattle situation which is certainly sad but not dangerous. In my experience the homeless mostly keep to themselves. I don't know Portland but assume there would be other people out and about? That you wouldn't be walking down dark alleys after midnight?


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There is a town of Vancouver Washington across the Columbia River from Portland Oregon. Without a doubt there is a homeless population in each town. Most (probably 90+%) are not a criminal element. Enjoy Portland Oregon in the daytime.
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I've worked in downtown Seattle for the past 15 years and saw homeless on a daily basis. Not once have I ever been harassed by them.

You do mean Vancouver, WA? Not Vancouver, BC, Canada?
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Originally Posted by bancroftm7 View Post
Crazy question but my nephew said there is a large population of homeless in Portland, WA. I wanted to stay downtown at the Marriott by the water. He said it might not be safe to walk around as I might be alone.
What are your opinions on this?


Portland does have LARGE pockets/settlements of HOMELESS, and they are a grand EYEsore.

BUT, as central Portland is considerably oriented with street cart food vendors there simply couldn't be too great a safety concern for them and their customers, as they are always THERE, and the (legit people and businesses) can't very well pack up and head to "Cartlandia" when the homeless take-over central Portland.

SO IF you are intent upon staying at a nice hotel property near the waterfront, go ahead and expect things will be fine, and that the hotel operators will tell you if/when they aren't fine.

PS - don't go near to the train station... (or the homeless there will just make you want to stay in your hotel room the whole trip)

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"homeless in Portland, WA"

Oh I did not notice that before. Portland is in Oregon. Seattle is in Washington.

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