This artitcle in the Tribune today highlights an illegal encampment “famous for all the bikes”. Let’s check in with the proprietor of this booming business:
Kyle Ryan has been a resident since April 2021 on the block between Northwest Quimby and Pettygrove Street. What he calls his bike repair business has spilled into the street over the winter. Ryan said he was surprised by the action.
Surprised that the city is clearing a camp that is blocking a public right-of-way? Only in Portland.
He said his bicycle chop shop — he accepts bikes without asking if they are stolen, and fixes them up to sell and trade — had spread into the roadway, but hadn’t taken up the sidewalk.
Oh thank goodness! I’m sure everyone felt totally safe weaving through the piles of trash, glass and needles, getting within arm’s reach of the camp’s occupants, etc. /sarcasm
Ryan said, in the bike trade, name-brand frames are popular. Also BMX. “Nobody really uses the brakes … the wheels are the hardest part to keep. BMX is really popular right now. Everybody wants BMX 20-inch wheels with fat tires now.”
Here’s a guy knowingly selling stolen property on the street-- after he’s disguised it-- and the politicians and DA just look the other way, in deference to the “homelessness activists”. Sometimes I feel like we live in an alternate universe where up is down, wrong is right, etc. Is it any wonder that Portland’s livability is in the toilet?
A team leader with Rapid Response Bio-Clean, who did not wish his name to be used, explained that although many people at the bigger camp on the next block south were surprised by the call to move, his team allowed them time to sort and move their possessions. The material ranged from furniture to electronics to food to bottles of urine and buckets of feces.