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  1. fatbillybob

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    For those boots on the ground I'm in L.A. county avoiding all the cr@p going on in the city. I'm thinking of racing at Portland int. 2 weekends away. How is the area? Is Portland and the hotels around the racecway a stay away place like CHOP?

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  2. donv

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    PIR and that area is fine. Things have pretty much settled down in Portland, although I would stay away from the Justice Center in downtown after 10pm... but PIR is a long way from there. If you're worried about it, stay in Vancouver WA-- it's about 10 minutes from there to the track, assuming the bridge is down.

    My office is in downtown Portland, and it's kind of fun to walk around. I do try to leave the downtown core before 5pm, though-- no need to get caught up in a protest.
     
  3. fatbillybob

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    Thanks for the 411!
     
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    Portland downtown used to be a beautiful and vibrant scene for great food/entertainment/nightlife. Minimal trash, and not much crime. Now it looks like war zone. Graffiti everywhere, boarded up businesses and storefronts, destruction everywhere you look. I will NOT be going downtown for anything for a very long while. Just disgusting what has been done "in the name of change"!
     
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    Really, downtown Portland is fine. I'm sitting in my office right now in downtown, and during the day it's no better or worse than normal-- except less crowded, and fewer lunch options. Although the lunch options are slowly getting better. I take a walk most days at lunch to stretch my legs, and even the area by the Justice Center is totally fine-- and there are some absolutely beautiful murals down there. I hope someone saves some of them.

    At night, just stay west of Broadway and you'll be fine. Even on Broadway itself is fine. But Broadway to the river is where the protest activity takes place, and sometimes they do come up Broadway. They pass by and are gone... it's 3rd avenue where they hang out and block the streets.

    However, all of that has been slackening off... the holiday weekend might cause a bit of a resurgence, who knows.

    Anyway, nothing like Seattle. And credit to Portland Police for never allowing a CHOP/CHAZ thing to get started-- every time they've tried (and they've tried often), the police roll in about 5am and roll it all up while the demonstrators are asleep.
     
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    I can't believe the protesters felt the need to attack the elk statue. What did the elk do to them?
     
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    o good; another meme.....@elklivesmatter



    my father was an elk; lots of people didn't like him......
     
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    #8 gsholz, Jul 4, 2020 at 8:42 AM
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    Portland is a great place to stay away from..The mayor (who is also the police commissioner) announced extended bereavement leave for all city employees to mourn racial injustices. No questions asked. About 300 people took him up on this additional paid vacation so far. These people couldn't manage a lemonade stand. But every election even less capable people get voted in. One has to conclude that this is the way the voters want it.
     
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    #9 donv, Jul 4, 2020 at 11:05 AM
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    Actually, the funny part is that the vast majority of the people who took the "bereavement leave" were police officers!

    The sad part is, Ted is the best Mayor Portland is likely to have for the forseeable future. And that's not a good thing. The people in line to replace him are all far worse.
     
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    Isn't this just a case of the voters getting what they voted for? In Seattle too?
    I must be missing something here......:confused:
     
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