One of the hallmarks of longstanding leftist rule is a huge disparity between the “haves” and the “have nots.”
Confiscatory tax policies stifle economic growth, chasing away good jobs and with them, families.
Now desperate families are taking drastic action over this Multnomah problem.
Multnomah County, Oregon, of which Portland is the largest municipality, lost 12,000 people in the past year and unless things change many more are sure to follow.
Homeless camps are expanding so much in the area that residents are taking drastic action.
With homeless encampments expanding to right outside their front doors, residents in a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood have had enough and are now selling their homes.
North Portland resident Maria Inocencio told local TV station KGW-8, “It’s a little scary because I know there is mental illness and that concerns me.
And she is far from alone, as three families on one street have left in recent days, with for sale signs lining multiple streets and nearby blocks.
Lauren Iaquinta is a real estate broker and says, “I would say the migration to the suburbs, I’ve seen quite a bit in the last two years. Most people don’t want to have to worry about if they can leave their car parked in their driveway overnight without maybe having it broken into. It’s a pretty testy subject.”
With such a rapid spread of homeless camps, Iaquinta says she now thoroughly studies neighborhoods to pinpoint the location of these structures before she shows houses to potential buyers.
She says, “It’s neighborhood by neighborhood. You can be driving through North Portland, and you’re in this lovely area where there’s no issues, and then you can make a turn around the corner and have homeless camps there. It’s kind of sad. I’ve been doing this for 10 years here in Portland, and it’s changed quite a bit.”
For some residents, the last straw has been in recent days when homeless encampments along the Peninsula Crossing Trail have gotten notably larger.
This has led to North Portland residents calling on the city for help.
Tom Karwaki chairs the neighborhood association and says, “The community is at its wit’s end. The city can do better, the county can do better, we as a community and as a state can do better. No one feels safe. Generally, from the housed community and the unhoused community, many don’t feel safe.”
Greg Dilkes has lived in North Portland for thirty years but now says, “It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve considered moving. It makes you not feel that great about living here. It makes living in the neighborhood harder, not as congenial as it could be.”
If Dilkes does decide to move on he won’t be alone.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.