It is admirable Portland will take 1,000 survivors from New Orleans. Work is underway to reopen Washington School on SE Stark which can hold 500 people, and they're looking for another closed school to shelter the other 500.
I suggested days ago that the Memorial Coliseum, Rose Garden and Convention Centers seem ideal places to put the people. They wouldn't have to restore them to operational order! Why are these sites discounted? Could it be they would have to cancel paying events? What is the priority here?