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Old 05-20-2009, 12:20 PM
 
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I'm a film writer who's next feature will be set in Portland. The plot focuses on gang violence, namely the HOOVER street gang. I'm looking for specific locations other than the VILLA apartments. ie, bars, clubs, burger joints, where to find the working girls, etc. Areas these guys hang out. Places you wouldn't drive through if your life depended on it. What neighborhoods you have to avoid if you're wearing a red sweater, etc. Having only research to go off of, any undigested, first hand information would be greatly appreciated. Basically I'm looking for the dirt, the city's underbelly. Thank you in advance for your input.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I don't know where Hoover Street is.

There isn't a single block in Portland that I wouldn't drive through.

There aren't any places I'd avoid, no matter what I was wearing.

Are you sure you've got the right city?
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:23 PM
 
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Perhaps you should simply call the Portland PD's public relations department, explain your interest and get the info from those in the know.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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I don't know where Hoover Street is.

There isn't a single block in Portland that I wouldn't drive through.

There aren't any places I'd avoid, no matter what I was wearing.

Are you sure you've got the right city?
x2. Portland rules
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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"The Villa" was torn down a few years back and replaced with mixed housing and a new elementary school. Gang activity in that part of town (North Portland) is way down from the late 80's when it got it rep.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Google... Portland, Oregon gangs....
be prepared for a mighty long list....
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I don't know where Hoover Street is.

There isn't a single block in Portland that I wouldn't drive through.

There aren't any places I'd avoid, no matter what I was wearing.

Are you sure you've got the right city?
Hoover Street is a Street in Los Angeles where they originated. Over the years they have expanded up the I-5 Corridor and into Portland.

To OP:

The Villa was torn down a few years ago and crime that area dropped. With light rail going all over the city. gang don't need to keep the criminal activities to one area.

There is no area in Portland I would not go.

If you want dirt on Portland, watch the recent http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/vide...s-sex-11705114 which was about the underground teen sex industry in Portland.

For a historical info one the seedy begins of Portland, check out a book called "Portland Confidential"
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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x2. Portland rules
Agreed - Portland isn't like it was back in the 80's. Then I would have had an issue in certain areas, but now days...
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Portland
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Originally Posted by Rob Allen View Post
I don't know where Hoover Street is.

There isn't a single block in Portland that I wouldn't drive through.

There aren't any places I'd avoid, no matter what I was wearing.

Are you sure you've got the right city?
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Beaverton
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All gang bangers are crybabies. Always have been...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq28qCklEHc
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