If you’ve noticed several public schools recently had their campuses fenced off and locked away from the public, WillametteWeek investigated and found that this was done primarily in response to intruders. Unfortunately, the editors chose the secondary angle of “irresponsible dog owners”, knowing that laws on leashes and dog poo bags would generate more clicks than another story about the continuing decline of livability in Portland:
Then, earlier this year, the district built a chain-link fence around the entire grounds at Hosford “due to strangers coming to our campus during school hours,” acting principal Joe Mitacek wrote to parents. of the school in a newsletter on April 24. “I can say that since it was installed it has helped to prevent heavily intoxicated people from approaching our students on several occasions.”
It’s scary and unacceptable for all the obvious reasons, but maybe we should have seen it coming, given the dangerous reality of our multi-use paths, sidewalks, etc. current. We will continue to lose access to public amenities as long as we refuse to tackle rampant criminal behavior on our streets. I’ve already started walking around path 205 because it has been abandoned to these same “heavily intoxicated people”. Same for the Peninsular Crossing Trail and parts of Marine Drive. How much of our quality of life are we willing to give up before we decide we’ve had enough?