PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - One of the toniest areas of Portland might soon be home to a tent city.
If this were another town, homeowners would scream to high heaven about diminished property values.
But this is Portland, where the citizens try their best to be tolerant.
So those complaining about the city's plan to move a 100-person tent city from downtown to the upscale Pearl District are choosing their words carefully.
Rather than express concern for their financial investments, they have criticized the city's expedited process and worried for the welfare of those who would live outside during the cold, rainy winter.
City leaders and homeless advocates say the tent city is not ideal, but it's a safer environment than the street.
The City Council is set to vote Oct. 16.
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