Larceny. Drugs. Liquor violations. These are three gems that top the list of crimes committed in Old Town/Chinatown. There are other crime-filled neighborhoods in Portland, but what makes Old Town/Chinatown so remarkable is that the legitimate business and nightlifers must deal with the crap (literally). People are doing drugs on street corners. People wearing two jackets or more are walking around like zombies. Cops drive around shouting through mega horns, “Don’t do drugs. Don’t sell drugs” to no avail.
Rampant drug and alcohol use in this neighborhood creates quite the party scene when the sun goes down. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen vomit or a pile of human feces in this degenerate neighborhood. Recently, a fellow Portland blogger mentioned the disgusting littering habits of NW 21st/Glisan. This cannot compare to human excrement left behind by the monsters that create it. Syringes, crap, puke and broken bottles are much worse than a bunch of cigarette butts and paper trash.
If you find yourself in this area on 2 a.m. Friday night, be sure to look over your shoulder. Larceny is another huge problem. In order to feed these zombies incestuous need for drugs and alcohol, you’ve got to have money. Pick pocketing, purse snatching and bike theft are the main crimes that feed Old Town/Chinatown’s disease. Portland Development Commission, located in the heart of this cesspool, has spent millions of dollars in an effort to clean it up. You can’t help but notice the distinct PDC signs everywhere. I don’t feel very confident in their ability to create lasting change.
This area is a demilitarized zone. The police relentlessly patrol it. If that is helping, it isn’t evident. What we need are tiny green army men to take over.