Originally Posted by jodelli
Nice coverage. The neighborhood doesn't look that bad, especially with the still intact older buildings.
I've never been to Portland, just seen part of the Oregon coast. But while in Vancouver some years ago, the one in BC, some of us newly arrived were warned about the East Hastings neighborhood. Of course I walked through it, and it wasn't a burned out wasteland either. I guess west coast standards are higher.
I few years ago I had relatives from New Jersey visiting and after being thoroughly impressed asked to see the worst parts of town. After having lived on the East coast I can assure you the "ghetto" in Portland looks like a really nice neighborhood compared with what I've seen in Newark, Philly, Baltimore or DC. To be fair, Oakland, LA and some of the Californian Central Valley cities have some tough neighborhoods so the whole West Coast isn't safe and sound. Seattle's like Portland though, mostly safe with no big concentrations of poverty or hopelessness (if you exclude bums).