The violence in Portland is indeed localized to a few blocks in the city center.
But that only tells part of the story. The rest of Portland is hardly a utopia. Families do not feel safe to walk around at night. Even if they were safe, their shoes might not survive the human feces.
And while Oregon might still feature trees on its license plates, you will not smell Douglas fir while in the Rose City — you’ll smell urine.
I’d advise against visiting a park or walking along the river alone. You’re likely to be accosted by any number of drug addicts, transients, and homeless people.
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