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Crime and Safety the North Park Blocks - Portland Oregon

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A visual report by NorthParkBlocks.org Portland’s North Park Blocks (and other public spaces) are now experiencing an unprecedented influx of crime led by gangs of drug dealers as well as abnormally large numbers of mentally ill and drug addled vagrants threatening our safety.

This is not an indictment of the homeless community, instead an attempt to shine a light on a growing and vibrant criminal element who are smart and organized – taking advantage of the truly indigent and needy.

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Crime and Safety the North Park Blocks - Portland Oregon

  1. 1. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 Crime & Safety In The North Park Blocks PDX CONCERNED CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES NORTHPARKBLOCKS.ORG/ 1
  2. 2. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 2 NW Park & Davis
  3. 3. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 Portland’s North Park Blocks (and other public spaces) are now experiencing an unprecedented influx of crime led by gangs of drug dealers as well as abnormally large numbers of mentally ill and drug addled vagrants threatening our safety. This is not an indictment of the homeless community, instead an attempt to shine a light on a growing and vibrant criminal element who are smart and organized – taking advantage of the truly indigent and needy. 3
  4. 4. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 4 Heroin Addicts shooting up in Park
  5. 5. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 5 We have reached a tipping point as a City and we need immediate action…
  6. 6. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 6 Right on Burnside - South side of Park
  7. 7. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 1. Safety • It is common-place to be harassed and physically threatened as you walk through our once vibrant neighborhoods. • There is open drug dealing, drinking, drug use, fights and other disturbances. • Inebriated individuals often collapse on the sidewalks. • Thieves brazenly cut the locks off bicycles in broad daylight, and break into cars right outside our windows. • We can no longer advise visitors to walk a few blocks from their downtown hotel to our businesses or allow our children to play in the park, for fear of their safety. 7
  8. 8. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 8 Heroin Addicts shooting up in Park
  9. 9. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 9 Heroin Addicts shooting up in Park
  10. 10. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 10 Known Drug Dealer – Flanders & Park
  11. 11. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 2. Sanitation • We are finding human feces, used (potentially infected) drug needles, bottles filled with urine and used tampons in our doorways and in our parking lots. • The park and streets are filling with trash, and there is a noticeable stench in the area. • People are freely having sex in wide open areas - in our doorways of our buildings and on makeshift beds they have created on the street and in the park. 11
  12. 12. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 12 NW Flanders between Park and 9th
  13. 13. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 13
  14. 14. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 14
  15. 15. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 3. Financial losses • The residents of this neighborhood have made substantial investments in their homes and businesses, and pay considerable taxes to the city of Portland. • This situation negatively impacts the value of our holdings and is already affecting the foot traffic into our business establishments, driving our customers away. • This directly affects the city coiffeurs – for without our prosperity, there is less money to effectively run the city. 15
  16. 16. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 16 R2C Group Entryway – Park and Davis
  17. 17. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 17 R2C Group Entryway – Park & Davis
  18. 18. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 4. Threat to Portland’s reputation • Portland was on its way to becoming a premier city to visit and to live. However it is now an embarrassment to bring out-of-town visitors to the downtown area – especially our parks. Visitors particularly this summer - are shocked at the condition of our once fine city. • There are two hotels under construction on the North Park Blocks. Imagine the impact of visitors seeing a city that now resembles a third-world country? The viability of these projects could well depend on solving this problem. • The situation is reaching a point where residents and neighborhood businesses will have to consider relocating for the safety and health of their families, employees and customers. • Bad press is coming. The next NY Times article may not focus on our fine food and wine, but instead the disgusting stench and lack of safety in our city. • Once the reputation of our city is impugned, it will be very difficult to get it back. We must act soon! 18
  19. 19. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 19 In front of PNCA “Art House” Park corner Couch / Park
  20. 20. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 20 Family with three daughter pitching tent on Park at Burnside
  21. 21. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 21 In Park near Burnside / NW 8th
  22. 22. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 Immediate Requests: • Create near term housing for truly needy – repurpose Wapato Facility as a pilot program • Allow Police to enforce existing laws in our parks and on our streets (no camping and sanitation) • Create “Drug Impact Area” of ½ mile radius around North Park Blocks and work to eliminate drug dealing in Park • Schedule a Citywide Town Hall forum – to discuss long term solutions 22
  23. 23. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 23
  24. 24. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 24 Outside Emerson School – Park/Couch
  25. 25. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 25 Park & Everett
  26. 26. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 26 Playground outside of Emerson School
  27. 27. CRIME & SAFETY IN NORTH PARK BLOCKS 8/18/15 27

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