‘I’m keeping my tent here’: Homeless tent stands in protest of the city’s new ban on camping near schools

Two weeks ago, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced an emergency declaration to ban camping near school campuses and along school walking routes.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Tents and piles of garbage covered the streets around the Metropolitan Learning Center in Northwest Portland on Sunday morning. While children played in the school’s playground about 100 feet away, police responded to reports of a man who had just overdosed on fentanyl.

Shortly after, sobs and cries echoed from the nearby homeless camp on Northwest Hoyt Street as campers there learned that their friend had just passed away.

This area near the Metropolitan Learning Center is one of

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