A Camper’s Take on Portland’s Prohibition on Overnight Parking

Under the pedestrian bridge at Southeast 85th Avenue and Division Street, Lyneaha Fairfield has set their camp. Zilla, her best friend, and she just moved in a week ago.

She announced, “We just got kicked out of the Canton Grill parking lot,” referring to the 2610 S.E. 82nd Ave. restaurant’s closure.β€œ

A Camper's Take on Portland's Prohibition on Overnight Parking

We had permission to stay there, and we tried to tell (other people) not to move in because we would get kicked out, and they moved in there anyways. And then yeah, the city called notice and kicked us out.”

You can see a tweet for the confirmation of the news-

The city plans to ban overnight camping on public property and beside highways between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., but Fairfield, 27, claims she has not heard of this.

β€œI kind of understand, for businesses,” she told the Tribune. β€œThat would make sense if there’s camping in front of their businesses. But people that are out of sight, like my camp, should be able to stay there because sometimes people have a lot of stuff, and it’s hard to move all that stuff constantly.”

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Never before has she set her tent so close to the heart of a city. “I don’t like downtown,” she remarked. β€œI don’t like a bunch of people. Here, I feel more safe.”

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