Portland mayor bans homeless camping near busy roads

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has banned people experiencing homelessness from camping next to freeways and along high-crash corridors.

Wheeler issued an emergency order, effective 3 p.m. Friday, that tasked the city’s urban camping team with stopping people from setting up tents near busy roadways. The mayor said this is the first in a series of executive actions he plans to take in coming weeks to address the city’s homelessness crisis, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

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