Downtown Clean and Safe crews make a difference on some of Portland’s most dangerous streets

If you’re in Downtown, you can now call Clean and Safe at 503-388-3888 for non-emergency security issues.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The smell of urine permeates the pavement. Piles of trash and rows of tents cover the sidewalks. On the corner of Northwest Flanders Street in Old Town, the hot August sun beats down on Lena Son as she picks up pieces of litter.

“I’ve been doing Old Town for like two weeks now,” Son said as she gently dropped a syringe needle into a plastic safety box on her cart. She works for the Downtown Clean and Safe Program, keeping the streets free from waste and

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