Leaders tour Old Town for Halloween weekend

Leaders tour Old Town for Halloween weekend

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Posted on October 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

PORTLAND – The Halloween weekend saw Portland’s Old Town packed with party-goers, so community leaders took a look at some of the problems plaguing the area.

Leaders said their goal is to open people’s eyes on what really goes on in Old Town on the weekends.

Officers patrol the district on the weekends, and during the summer, 4,000 to 5,000 people pack the streets on Fridays and Saturdays.

Police routinely deal with fights, drunks, honking cars and people blocking the streets.

Portland police are now pushing to make part of Old Town a car free zone. They are also trying to educate businesses to cut people off after they’ve had too many drinks.

Some bars are taking matters into their own hands and employing alcohol monitors.

“Police presence will be good, just more people...working closer with the bars so they can have less worry,” said Rob Howells with Union Gospel Mission.

Howells also said that minors are getting fake IDs off the Internet and using them to get into bars in Old Town.

The overall goal for community leaders is to come up with solutions to keeping people safe while they still have a good time.

KGW reporter Jacqueline Sit contributed to this report

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