It’s an Obama World… Transients Build ‘Skid Row’ Boat Slum on Willamette River
It’s an Obama world.
Things are now so bad that homeless transients are building a ‘skid row’ on the Willamette River.
Some of the city’s homeless have left the streets to sleep on the Willamette River in boats.
“It’s what you would see on skid row, but skid row has moved to the water,” said Lt. Bret Elliot of the Multnomah County Marine Patrol.
About 15 now bob along the East Bank Esplanade and the South Waterfront bank.
Authorities said they started appearing about two years ago, likely because of the economy.
“The numbers have tripled or quadrupled,” Elliot said, “They have arrived and have little intention or ability to go anywhere else.”
Most of them don’t have working engines anymore and none of them are actually used for marine recreation. Patrol officers said the owners either find abandoned boats or buy some on the cheap, and then move aboard without ever having to pay rent as long as they keep floating in the river.