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Old 05-24-2017, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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Portland is super lenient about that kind of stuff. Haven't been out there in about 7 years but every time I've visited family there, the number of homeless, drug-addicted teenagers loitering the downtown streets was alarming.
Portland has been that way for decades. Just walking around you will have more encounters with aggressive homeless people there than any other city.
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Old 05-24-2017, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Just got back from Seattle and Portland. While their violent crime rates might be lower than a lot of east coast/midwest cities I have never seen homelessness like that before in the United States. There are literal tent cities and encampments in plain sight throughout the cities.
Denver and Colorado Springs too.
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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I was going to mention Las Vegas but the OP mentioned it right away. So much of Vegas outside the nice areas like Summerlin are marginal at best but there isn't much of a hardcore ghetto either. Where I lived for years on Nellis Boulevard isn't classified as ghetto like the old west side near MLK Blvd but it was rapidly deteriorating and getting very seedy and violent.
I went to Vegas 2 years ago, and funny enough I got that same sense as you and the OP that it's made up of a lot of dumpy areas, but nothing too scary and crime-filled. A la like how some parts of the west and south side of Chicago are, which are crime filled and poor neighborhoods.
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:23 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Denver and Colorado Springs too.
I find that interesting. I know homelessness is present in all large cities, but the West Coast in general has just soooo many. If I were homeless I probably wouldn't want to live in Seattle. Yes, it doesn't get to freezing too often, but it does get fairly cold in winter and last year there were some days where the highs didn't break freezing.

Denver, however, is a whole other ballgame. It can be 70 one day and 5 the next. I would not want to live in Colorado if I was homeless unless I had a very warm down jacket and sleeping bag which homeless can't in theory afford.
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:45 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Sadly, a lot of military towns (they may not be large cities) fit this description. Lots of pawn shops, tattoo parlors, strip clubs, Class C shopping centers, cheaply built apartments, etc.

A random example that shows the look I'm talking about is in Havelock, NC in the eastern part of the state (at least some landscaping has been added to the median):

https://goo.gl/maps/Qp9dNEaNST72

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Old 05-28-2017, 07:14 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Sadly, a lot of military towns (they may not be large cities) fit this description. Lots of pawn shops, tattoo parlors, strip clubs, Class C shopping centers, cheaply built apartments, etc.

A random example that shows the look I'm talking about is in Havelock, NC in the eastern part of the state (at least some landscaping has been added to the median):

https://goo.gl/maps/Qp9dNEaNST72
Yeah, Saint Robert, MO (Fort Leonard Wood) fits this description to a T.
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Denver, however, is a whole other ballgame. It can be 70 one day and 5 the next. I would not want to live in Colorado if I was homeless unless I had a very warm down jacket and sleeping bag which homeless can't in theory afford.
I don't get it either. The only thing I can think of is that they are treated overly well here.
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