Portland mayor says city negotiating for spot for downtown homeless encampment

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PORTLAND, Oregon — Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says the city is trying to buy land so a downtown encampment of about 70 homeless people can move.

The Right 2 Dream Too campers are now at the gate to the city's Chinatown district. Hales says that land is being sold.

He says the city is negotiating for a plot in an industrial-commercial area on the east side of the Willamette River.

Two years ago, a proposal to move the camp underneath a bridge in the upscale Pearl District in northwest Portland ran into opposition from residents and developers.

In a press release Wednesday, Hales said the camp has shown it can govern itself and be a good neighbor.

He says that on any given night, Portland has 1,700 people living unsheltered.

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