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It looks like drug-addicted street people do not abide by the law.
This shocking revelation brings with it many profound questions as to the nature of Portland.
A new ban on daytime homeless camping legally took effect Friday in Portland, but one wouldn’t know it by walking around the City of Roses.
Tents spilled over sidewalks and those who have made their homes on public property say the new policy isn’t likely to create meaningful change.
“It’s bulls—,” Michael, who has been homeless off and on since the ‘90s, told Fox News bluntly. “I’m tired of moving. They’re gonna have to make me move.”
The city council passed the ordinance with a 3-1 vote last month, changing city code to only allow people to camp in nonrestricted areas overnight, so long as they dismantle their camps each morning.
From 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., people are prohibited from blocking access to Portland businesses or sidewalks with tents.
Camping is also banned in city parks or within 250 feet of a school, childcare center or city-operated homeless shelter.
The new rules took effect July 7, but neither the city nor police have begun enforcing them.
Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office said the city is planning for a “summer of education” and will make a formal announcement when enforcement begins.
“Over the next few months, we will be focused on education and outreach – ensuring all outreach teams, City employees, [police] staff, and others have clear and thorough information on this new ordinance,” Wheeler said in a statement.
One man who was recently in prison for stabbing another man said he hopes homeless folks refuse to let authorities enforce the ban.
“What I think would be cool is if we stood up and stood as one, make sure that they don’t make us take down our tents or whatever,” said the man, who did not wish to be identified. “If they want violence, then give ’em violence back.”
People who violate the ordinance will receive two written warnings first. A third violation could result in a fine up to $100 or up to 30 days of jail time, although Wheeler’s office said the district attorney’s office will focus on “seeking alternative sentences.”
Portland is a very liberal city which, up until recently, was extremely pro-homelessness, drug addiction, and general criminality.
We’re seeing a trend now. A lot of this wacko stuff is getting rolled back.
It’s like the hardline psycho liberalism peaked, and we’re now seeing a slow cooling off.
The people pushing it probably did not have a realization, consciously. But they appear to have gotten tired.
Lived in Portland my entire life. Been coming downtown since my first official job at age 16. Never have I ever seen the drug abuse as bad as it is now. I see these young men every time I am downtown. They are smoking fentanyl. Who is responsible? pic.twitter.com/GnirXFHqe6
— Nicole Hughes (@Nicstuttehughes) April 7, 2023