I flew into PDX (Portland Airport) yesterday, got a rental car, and started heading south.
Portland is a shithole.
From the road, every building looks run down and many were empty and abandoned.
Every surface was covered in graffiti.
Every bridge and overpass had a shanty town of makeshift structures under it where the homeless were living.
There was garbage everywhere.
There were dead RVs on the shoulder of the highway with people living in them.
There were hitchhiking vagrants on the highway and people pushing shopping carts on the shoulder.
I has been on planes for nine hours and had five hours of driving ahead of me. I wanted a place to stretch my legs and I needed to pick up a few items (mouthwash, drinks, etc) that due to weight I figured it would be easier to get at my destination. ($2 for a bottle of mouthwash and $50 for an overweight bag at the airport isn’t a hard decision.)
I drove to Tualatin to go to Cabela’s and Fred Meyer.
Once I got into Tualatin, about 15 min south of Portland, everything got much nicer.
Whatever is killing Portland is definitely driven by Portland politics. I hope it doesn’t metastasize into the suburbs, because Portland should be a warning to everyone else. It was horrible.