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Portland, Oregon, residents are increasingly wary of the city’s downtown area, following a sharp spike in violence, a nearly year-long campaign of rioting, and a growing homelessness problem, according to a poll taken by The Oregonian. Portland’s downtown and, in some cases, its residential areas, have been home to ongoing, often violent demonstrations for nearly a year, since George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. What began as an anti-police brutality and anti-racism protest, however, has since grown into a multi-faceted, destructive force that is driving residents away from the city. “Residents in the metro area surrounding Portland, Oregon, say the city’s downtown is dirty, unsafe, and uninviting, and they don’t expect to visit as often,” The New York Post reported Sunday, citing The Oregonian’s poll. “Residents described the city’s core as ‘destroyed,’ ‘trashed,’ and ‘sad,’ and frequently referred to ‘riots’ in discussing the city’s economic and cultural hub.”

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