And lastly, I am always curious how come we never ask them what they want to fix the issue (to get them on their feet). We as taxpayers are always looking for solutions to address the problem (though that wasn't touched here), but we should be asking them for solutions, and not telling them solutions. This seemed like a good opportunity to have asked these types of questions and it was missed. We need questions with purpose, not just fact-bucket gathering. As a society we take the stance of we know best, rather than asking what is best and that is a real shame.
Perhaps this is a case of perspective; less generous than other cities? If I take a walk around the waterfront trail and gave ever panhandler $1, I'd be out $100 dollars before even finishing my 3 mile walk back to the car. And I am not kidding here. This city is initiated with panhandlers. So perhaps this is more a case of supply and demand than the perception of generosity. I'm a recent Seattle transplant (about 2 years ago), and I have never seen a city (except maybe Memphis) with a higher per capita of homeless rate. But the fact that gets me is their brashness; telling me to go to the bank, cat calling the joggers going by, living under as internment camps under every single bridge cranny, and coming up to my children like a long lost aunt while tripped out on meth/heroin. Portland doesn't even own it's Chinatown.
As for race, not sure the importance here. Portland is a white city. If anything this shows how it is still slightly skewed to the minorities in relation to the general population.
I wish this were an editorial piece, at least maybe some longer blurbs at the end. Taken as is, it really doesn't mean much as this is pretty transparent knowledge.
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