Old Town’s cultural community wants safety, cleanup; pleads government action
PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – Frustrated by increasing crime, unsafe conditions and fewer visitors, several of Portland’s iconic cultural organizations sent a joint letter Monday to city and county leaders, demanding help to cleanup Old Town and bring more resources to the neighborhood’s homeless.
FOX 12 interviewed Elizabeth Nye, the executive director of the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
“It’s supposed to be a place of beauty and respite and recharging, and revitalization,” Nye said about the garden.
Lately it’s been quite the opposite.
“Within one month alone we had four staff members at this point that either have been verbally or physically assaulted,” Nye said.