Fight over homeless camp is all about location, location, location

When it comes to the homeless, a group of Portland developers and the city have apparently reached the tail end of the Kübler-Ross model of the “five stages of grief,” which theorizes that when we are faced with an “awful fate,” we move through five emotional stages — “denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.”

The city of Portland wants to move a homeless camp  to a parking lot under the Broadway Bridge near the Pearl District, the Portland Business Journal reports.

Pearl District developers and investors naturally have other ideas of their own. They’re looking at a “warehouse and other sites near the center of Portland that offer indoor shelter, electricity, water and bathroom facilities,” the Journal reports.

In other words, the city and developers are arguing about where the camp should be located, rather than how to find its residents more permanent homes.

The camp, dubbed “Right 2 Dream Too,” has its own Facebook page, and the Pearl District developers have “not worked out an agreement with either the camp or the city of Portland” about proposed alternative locations.

Once the bargaining is over, there will presumably be a short time allotted for depression, followed by acceptance. Source: bizjournals.com.