Columnist Jon Talton penned the piece, ‘A tale of two cities: Portland offers a worrying example for Seattle,’ writing that citizens should be concerned.
In the article, Talton shared that one person he spoke with said Portland ‘looks like the road to the landfill and, in some areas, the landfill itself.’
The person who spoke with the author blamed the city’s own ‘preoccupations with grand abstractions such as ‘social justice,’ liberal policies, and high tax rates.
Seattle has long been compared to Portland due to their Pacific Northwest locations, climates, Democratic leadership, and recently, their drug and homelessness issues.
Many tourists visiting the Pacific Northwest visit both cities during a trip, with Seattle and Portland famed for their good food, grunge music scenes and lush green scenery, before crime, drugs and homelessness overran both locales.