People in some American cities no longer feel safe. They are leaving because of the influx of homeless people, drug addicts and the rise in crime. Even large companies are moving their business.
As the TV pointed out Fox News, city dwellers blame left-wing democratic politicians for this situation. The situation is so catastrophic that, for example, 83-year-old war veteran Armand Martens felt safer in Vietnam than in Portland.
“It’s not uncommon to see homeless people running around town with machetes or axes,” said Portland real estate developer Dustin Michael Miller, who is also relocating his business. The Cracker Barrel restaurant chain and the Walmart department store also end there.
Portland has been taken over by the homeless. While the city lost 0.04 percent of its population in the last three years after thirty years of growth, the number of homeless people here increased by 50 percent from 2019 to 2022. Homeless camps are spread across the city and, according to critics, its management is not addressing it. On the contrary, it is fueling the crisis. The City Council proposed legislation last month to decriminalize camping in public, which would encourage homeless encampments on Portland streets, according to Fox News. In the case of interventions against homeless people, there would be a threat of a fine.
However, the norm was not passed due to local opposition. However, homeless encampments are also spreading in the cities of Eugene, Seattle and Los Angeles. Sexual acts and exposure of homeless people in public or an increase in cases of their aggression are also connected with this. There is no solution in sight.
Crisis in San Francisco
The worst situation is in San Francisco. The city is known as the financial center of California, where technology companies have thrived for years. However, the security situation here is currently so sad that people and companies are fleeing here in large numbers and merchants are closing their stores.
Although San Francisco’s homeless crisis has seen crime rise, the City Council has proposed legislation that would, for example, ban public security guards from using guns against the homeless.
In San Francisco, the increase in homelessness is also related to the spread of drugs. People start taking drugs, are unable to hold steady jobs and end up on the streets. The city is infested with drug addicts, often addicted to fentanyl.
People working in grocery stores have regular visitors with machetes. It also often happens that they overdose on drugs and die in the toilets of these establishments. As of 2020, 7.5 percent of the population has fled San Francisco due to safety concerns.
Department store Nordstrom will close its downtown San Francisco location, located in Westfield Mall, this summer. He temporarily closed the store in the city center, according to television ABC7 News and a Whole Foods grocery store. A number of global brands have closed their businesses in the center, fearing for the safety of their employees and customers. According to Cully Stimson, senior attorney at the Heritage Foundation think tank, this wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the big push to legalize drugs.
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