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Channel 6 will present a special report on the city's reponse to the crises of the past year starting Monday.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Tents where the homeless live are set up along a sidewalk in downtown Portland.As the city struggles to recover from the multiple crises of the past year, KOIN 6 News is running a special report this week examining the responses titled "Is Portland Over?"

Different episodes will be shown Monday through Friday during the 6 p.m. news segment, and then a one-hour special putting all the stories together will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, May 17.

According to the station, the series will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the city, which was then experienced as an apparent increase in homelessness, social justice protests that frequently turned violent, and a mounting trash problem.

Said Channel 6 news anchor Jeff Gianola: "Here's something that struck me while doing this series of stories. A man who runs Alpha Project, a very successful homeless transition center in San Diego, told me three years ago why he felt Portland struggled to get a handle on the homeless problem. He said, 'In Portland you have confused compassion with tolerance.' I asked Mayor Ted Wheeler about that statement, and I think his answer will surprise a lot of people. I think it also can apply to the violent protests, and the current trash and garbage disaster."

The series will be shown as Portland and Multnomah County leaders are promising to spend record amounts of money to address homelessness, clean up the city, and revitalize the economy. Much of the additional funding is coming from Metro's homeless services ballot measure and the American Rescue Plan Act approved by Congress after Joe Biden became president.

This week's episodes will focus on the following topics:

Monday, May 10: Portland's reputation

Tuesday, May 11: How protests were hijacked by violence

Wednesday, May 12: Crime and safety

Thursday, May 13: Homelessness

Friday, May 14: Restaurants

Monday, May 17: One-hour special at 7 p.m.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.

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