Venezuelan / Cuban style socialist poverty of a failed socialist state has taken over downtown Portland Oregon.. It is vagabonds, down and out skid row people milling around everywhere, They are living in makeshift tents on sidewalks and near freeway overpasses with garbage and shopping carts strewn around. Many look like they just got out of jail or the mental hospital that no longer exists. They are sleeping in masses in cafe's in daytime with hoods pulled over their faces so they are ready to prowl at night. Panhandlers in wheel chairs with pathetic cardboard signs are on corners and at night they sleep next to their wheel chairs in entrances to buildings. Others are lucky they are getting subsidized low cost rents living in brand new spiffy section 8 and 11 housing everywhere in the core of downtown at the low cost of over $1000 a month for a rabbit hutch size subsidized or unsubsidized unit. Meanwhile there are other buildings with 500k plus condos right across the street. The whole place is a dirty mess. 30 some years ago the city was proudly calling itself the most livable city in America and now with the socialist total take over we are seeing the fruits of the utopian dream having come true. I saw one guy at the supermarket who seemed to be on a tight budget buying some off brand of Cheetos in ten or more low cost bags. The air quality downtown is gritty. I just wanted to get the hell out of there as fast as I could.
Best Kept Secret Park in Lake Oswego Great for Bike Riders, Walking and Running with Scenic River Views Lex Loeb Contributor Network . Lake Oswego does not like to advertise some of its best attractions for fear of attracting non-locals. The area has many interesting treasures almost no one from the Portland area bothers to explore. Lake Oswego has long had the cache' of an upper middle class white Anglo Saxon enclave that does not want the company of everyone from the Portland Metro Area coming in. One can't blame the present day city for trying to protect itself against crowds of non local strangers using their public facilities. Anyone who has been to lake Oswego actual lake knows it is a privately owned body of water that does not welcome the public access in anyway. That is not true of the Oswego Furnace Tower in George Rogers Park or Old River Drive that connects to the park's main pathway up along the Willamette river front. Along most of Old River drive the fro