My 27 yr old son has given me a weekend in Portland with him as a birthday gift (what a sweetie pie!). He lives in SF and I live in DC so we are city people and used to vagrants, etc on the streets. But I have been reading a lot about the homeless problem in Portland and would just assume avoid staying in a part of town where we would be running into them at every turn. Any suggestions? Have barely begun planning so not sure what we will want to do, coming Oct 18-20, might do a day trip on Saturday to the beach or gorge. We certainly want to try to squeeze in a lot of great restaurants, maybe a bike ride, not too into shopping (at least he isn't!) but some wandering around charming neighborhoods. Where are the areas that most of the homeless tend to congregate in that we should avoid?
Appreciate any input, really looking forward to the trip!!