Amber Dunks has been staying at Right 2 Dream Too “off and on” since it began in 2011. The camp, or rest area as organizers call it, has been controversial from the beginning. That’s partly because of its prominent location at the entrance to the Old Town Chinatown on West Burnside. Despite the fact that there’s almost universal agreement among members of the neighborhood association that the campers have been good neighbors, efforts to find a different location have been ongoing.
City commissioner, Amanda Fritz, brokered an initial plan for Right 2 Dream Too to relocate to a parking lot under the Broadway Bridge, but that plan ran into major opposition from business interests. The latest idea to move the campers into a vacant building downtown for 15 months comes from Mayor Charlie Hales. While the lawyer for Right 2 Dream Too says it’s possible, campers have a number of concerns and the deal looks anything but certain.
We’ll talk to the mayor’s office and a member of the Right 2 Dream Too board to find out where negotiations stand and what direction seems likely in the near future.
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OPB | Sept. 22, 2016