Lloyd is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in downtown Portland. It contains the Oregon Convention Center, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Moda Center. It plays host to sporting events, parades, community marathons and concerts. Everything is a short light rail or streetcar stop away, including many fine hotels, restaurants and shops.
You’ll see vigorous growth the moment you arrive. Cranes top the skyline, and numerous development projects – some commercial, some residential, plus new public plazas and green spaces – are rapidly changing the neighborhood’s vibe to one that’s inviting, exciting, and sustainable.
Safety in Portland
Portland is a large city with numerous vibrant, safe, and welcoming neighborhoods for visitors. Like many cities nationwide, Portland began experiencing an uptick in crime in 2020. Violent crime statistics are showing signs of improvement, and the city remains focused on ways to reduce incidents. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is fully funded and focuses on recruiting to fill all authorized positions, a challenge experienced by police bureaus nationwide. Demonstrations should not be a concern for convention and meeting groups, as they occur infrequently. Protests are mainly isolated, non-violent events by small groups of people with permits from authorities and typically do not disrupt daily life in the city.
Public transportation is generally a safe and efficient way to move around Portland. TriMet has increased the number of Customer Safety Supervisors, contracted transit security officers, and Safety Response Team members. The city and Portland Police Bureau are working together and with community and law enforcement partners to develop programs and partnerships for a safer city for all, including the Focused Intervention Team (FIT), Portland Ceasefire, gun violence reduction grants, targeted safety measures, Portland Street Response and Safe Streets Task Force. We recommend that visitors exercise caution and common sense when traveling to any new city.
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