Homeless Camp at Laurelhurst Park Swept on Thursday Morning With Little Conflict

On Thursday morning, a summerlong saga of poverty in an upscale Portland neighborhood came to an end, as around 50 campers in the Laurelhurst Park encampment were met by the city’s team that sweeps homeless camps.

The sweep started just after 8 am, when four Portland Police Bureau squad cars arrived and parked along Southeast Oak Street. Rapid Response Bioclean, the city’s contractor that helps with sweeps, approached on 37th Avenue. About 50 red shirt-clad Rapid Response employees showed up.

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