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We originally met for the first time a few weeks ago on July 15th in one of our neighbor's living room - all of us concerned about the growing & blatant criminal activity we see happening on our streets daily. Primarily our inital focus is the blatant increase in prostitution - we see it not only on 82nd Avenue, but it is affecting all of the surrounding neighborhoods, especially our schools and parks - discarded condoms and needles are constantly found in these areas. Unfortunately 82nd Avenue has become know as "Portland's Red Light District" to the johns + pimps, as one neighbor was recently told by local law enforcement. This avenue is a key artery that all of the surrounding Neighborhood Associations must focus on not only with regards to crime, but also the focus of "revitalization"- new + needed businesses - Trader Joes, etc. However first we must deal with and address the crime that is damaging our livability and safety.
We as residents on Montavilla and Mount Tabor have seen a sharp increase in prostiution ever since the Prostitution Free Zone (PFZ) ordinance was lifted on Sept 27, 2007. We are asking that the PFZ be reinstated & we have created a petition & we urge you to help us gather signatures. We don't want this problem to get worse - please read this compelling letter to The Oregonian by Brian Wong a fellow resident who took action & started the Montavilla Foot Patrol in response to the growing & blatant crime in our neighborhoods.