September 2, 2013, 12:38 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The homeless have been given the boot again from Chapman Square. The park is surrounded by a chain link fence so city workers can do maintenance and repairs without having street people interfere.
Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz says the City Council has to look at better ways to enforce the existing codes on sidewalk camping.
The homeless have been shuffling around for months now, most recently when Terry Schrunk Plaza, a federal park became off limits to them. They moved over to Chapman and back in front of City Hall on 4th Avenue.
"It's kinda like an endless cycle, it seems pointless. Nothing is really getting accomplished, just kinda the same thing over and over again. Move from one spot to another and get kicked out there. You just go back to that spot you got kicked out of," said one camper.
Some of the problems include fights, drug use, weapons, the destruction of bathrooms, irrigation systems, trees and the grass.
Fritz office says don't be surprised if you see this same tactic at other parks too. It may be the best strategy to getting them back to normal while the city reviews its camping ordinances.