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Comment Archives: stories: News: In the Shadows

Re: “In the Shadows

....and more disgustingly, pigeon poo.

I'm sure they are waiting for the housing slump to end, or someone who wants it so much that they are willing to buy it and pay for the clean up themselves.

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Posted by Sunny Dai on 09/04/2008 at 5:14 PM

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You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about this building if you file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Environmental Protection Agency and ask for records on the property filed by Northwest Natural and any predecessor companies in the 104(e) process for the Lower Willamette River Superfund site.

This process has been on-going for a number of years and involves over 100 businesses that polluted the soil and water along the river over the years.

Among other things, you will likely learn why the officials didn't want you anywhere near their building. It's probably caked in asbestos, PCBs, dioxins and/or any number of other highly toxic materials.

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Posted by poster on 08/30/2008 at 8:31 PM

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Better story about the building here:

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Posted by nick503 on 08/28/2008 at 12:13 PM

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Thanks for spending a few hours is our world. You are welcome back any time you wish. B

Posted by grappler on 08/01/2008 at 7:44 PM

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"You are a great encouragement to many, many people."

I hear that, like, CONSTANTLY.

Posted by Matt Davis on 07/29/2008 at 11:59 AM

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Hey Matt,

So I was sitting outside Everyday Music waiting for The Hold Steady show at Crystal, flipping through the Mercury, and I saw the headline for this firefighter article. To be honest, I was expecting an angry article bashing how firefighters just take it easy all day and how dare the city pay them so much blah blah blah.

But I was thoroughly impressed and extremely grateful for your incredibly accurate portrayal of the daily life of firefighters. My father is a firefighter in Gresham, and I get tired of all the flack he gets for having such a 'cush' job. As you found, it's nothing like that. It's especially difficult for me to hear the bullsh*t because I know the toll his job has taken on our family.

I read your article to my dad and he was also impressed. Thank you so much for taking the time to experience the day of a firefighter and for your honesty about that experience. You are a great encouragement to many, many people.

Laura Neely

Posted by Lneely on 07/28/2008 at 11:28 AM

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Have a care in your actions, sir, or Portland's finest will only have racially profiled drivers to molest and hassle.

As these people aren't out early in day when they are rousting the homeless from doorsteps and underpasses, they may find themselves with nothing to do but enforce the law.

Heavens, what a dismal prospect.

I remain your humble servant,


Posted by Jacomus d'Paganus-Fatuus on 07/18/2008 at 2:41 PM

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I think that too many people forget that the homeless on our streets are PEOPLE. When my partner and I moved back to Portland 2 years ago from an Army base in Texas, we were astonished to see that the number of homeless in Portland had grown while the number of agencies assisting the homeless had decreased. When we were in El Paso, my partner was a psychiatric medic at the Army hospital in town. We'd drive through the streets of El Paso, and he would often point out to me the number of homeless who were vets that were in treatment at his hospital. When we moved to Portland, he offered to continue to work with the homeless here, however he was turned down. It seems that the state of Oregon is one of the only states that does not recognize as valid training any of the 6 years of psychiatric training and care that he performed in the Army. So, all those years of substance abuse counseling, conflict resolution training, and group therapy training he received are not wanted by the people of Oregon. He was very angered by it, and he is now using his Army benefits to get a medical degree. However, I can tell you that he and I both resent the fact that Oregon doesn't allow those who want to help to help.

Posted by charlespaugh on 07/10/2008 at 11:30 AM


Uggh. I know exactly who this guy is, and his name. He's always wandering around Hawthorne in the area of the Bagdad theater... bumping into people, walking in circles, etc.

My sense is that he probably has been offered treatment in some form, and has completely rejected it or totally ignored it... and since he's not violent to himself or others, there is absolutely nothing you can do.

I can be pretty sure the water hose trick isn't gonna work. Try to get a restraining order. That's really the only thing I can think of. I believe that, if you can demonstrate that you feel like you're in immediate danger, one can be issued the same day. And then if he comes within a block, that's an automatic police response and jail for him.

Maybe he'll have a temporary moment of clarity and accepts treatment at some point.

Posted by lyle on 07/07/2008 at 9:46 AM

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been there and done that, I think I get a free pass on the imersion thing. maybe you can convice Patrick Coleman, but if I was him I would tell you that you should go with him!

Posted by Patrick Nolen on 07/01/2008 at 1:33 PM

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Come on then, Patrick. Money where mouth is...

Posted by Matt Davis on 06/30/2008 at 5:02 PM

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Patrick Coleman, you can be out there too!

JOIN has an outreach (imersion) program to help mainstream people familiarize themselves with homeless issues.

Thanks, Matt, for writing about JOIN.

Posted by David Smoot on 06/30/2008 at 1:54 PM

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It is _hard_ work, those folks over there at JOIN deserve every ounce of credit they get. Day after day, night after night, they work to get people in to housing, or whatever little step they need to get their life more in order. The big pay off is when one of your friend comes back and says "thank you".
Being in downtown I know Quin and Leo a bit better, but they all work hard.
Thanks for the interesting story Matt.

Posted by Patrick Nolen on 06/28/2008 at 9:43 AM

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It's great to know that there are people out there doing work like this. Makes you think you should be out there too.

Posted by Patrick A. Coleman on 06/27/2008 at 4:42 PM

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