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A white supremacist killed a teenager with a car across the street from where I live. The thwre is busy at all hours, a steady stream of people.

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A month ago there was a fight in the 7-Eleven parking lot, and a man recently out of prison hopped in his car and used it to run over a black year-old named Larnell Malik Bruce.

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The MAX station a block away plays classical music after dark to lower the rate of loitering and assaults. This is one of the last affordable places left at the edge of Portland—and one of the first places where people arriving from war zones live when they come to America. One of my neighbors, Shafi, works at are there any Portland women anymore 7-Eleven. He is a refugee from Afghanistan, and he has lived here for almost two years. He has already been robbed at gunpoint twice while working.

Shafi was behind the counter when Bruce was run over by the car. Shafi's wife is one of my good friends. She always cooks food for me and invites me into their apartment. Their son, almost 2 and very energetic, loves to bang on my sliding glass door, often wearing are there any Portland women anymore T-shirt with an American flag that reads "United States of Awesome. I talked to Shafi a few days ago, and gay east kilbride told me his family will most likely be moving this month.

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Meet the refugees who have become the newest Portlanders. At night, I sit in the courtyard of my apartment building. I think about this neighborhood, and all the contradictions in it. I think about how much I adore the tacos and the views of Mount Hood and the once-cheap rent.

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But mostly these days, I can't help but think about how I am a part of are there any Portland women anymore problem. I moved to this place because I thought I could make a difference. For years, my husband and Anymire have lived and worked within refugee communities, mostly in Portland. Born and raised an evangelical Christian, I went to Bible college to become a missionary and started volunteering with refugees, mostly from East Africa.

Slowly I realized I didn't want to convert anyone to Western evangelicalism. I still believe in Jesus, but my work shifted toward a new mission: Eventually we joined a nonprofit that works in low-income communities are there any Portland women anymore moved to Minneapolis for three years of training and experience.

When we moved back to Portland last July, our city seemed unrecognizable. Portland, I love you, but you're forcing are there any Portland women anymore. Accustomed to diversity and broke after a cross-country move, we applied to live at Barberry Village, just outside Portland city limits at the far western end of Gresham. We had heard the complex was home to many refugees.

We wanted to live among people who were different from us, and help them adjust to life in a new country.

Barberry was just what we had in mind. A few years ago, in andnew managers came to Barberry Village and discovered an excellent strategy for finding consistent, responsible tenants for a historically troubled area: The strategy worked.

Barberry, which had been infamous to local police, saw a dramatic decrease in both police calls and vacancies.

Police showed up at the building more sex jersey shore once a day, on are there any Portland women anymore, in ; by last year, the number of calls had dropped by more than two-thirds, and Gresham police now say the building has the lowest number of calls of any apartment complex its size.

By the time I got here inBarberry felt like a safe place to raise my own family. Our apartment has a sliding glass door that thege onto a small concrete porch and large dirt courtyard.

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Twenty-three other apartments also back into this space. It reminds me of a courtyard in Italy, a town square, a piazza of haphazard grass and porches with clothes and rugs drying in the sun, people grilling all kinds of food.

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But mostly there are women from Afghanistan milling around, hanging out of windows to call to me, pushing strollers full of squalling children back and forth through the courtyard to each other's apartments.

They stop in front of my little porch and scoop up my baby to kiss. They chat with me, all of them with varying degrees of limited English. In the late afternoon this spring, I would sit in a blue plastic chair outside while are there any Portland women anymore children played in the dirt.

I watched women feed their children small pieces of bread, and admired their beautiful outfits—dresses over billowy pants, floral and sheer headscarves on. They leaned on strollers as they talked in their own languages. These women all knew why they were here—they escaped their countries, and were working hard to make a life.

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They were theer to me, cooking food for me, and laughing and joking. But they didn't understand my American ways, how I closed the blinds in my house at night, the way I craved privacy after a long day of caregiving. We got a letter in the mail three months meta dating.

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I felt are there any Portland women anymore sick. I knew gentrification was coming to Rockwood, I just didn't expect it would happen this fast.

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The Portland rent spike has been spreading east for a year, pressuring low-income residents. The trouble with these rising costs, of course, is what will happen to those living on fixed incomes. People cannot keep up, including recently arrived refugee families.

Portland does not have a cap on raising rents—the city's newest rules require 90 days' notice for any increase more than 5 percent. With the rent increases at Barberry Village, many recently arrived refugees no longer qualify to rent—because the lease requires tenants to earn two times the rent. Refugees are given eight months of financial assistance by the government to get on their feet, and they have not had their benefits raised at a rate that lets their income keep pace with the rent hikes.

The Barberry owner and building manager both declined to comment. It has become official, written into the rental agreements of the grannys ironton ohio that refugees inadvertently helped make more desirable—they don't make enough money to live in Portland.

More than 90 percent of refugees in Oregon get settled within the city of Portland because this is where they can access services. But within the past year, Catholic Charities are there any Portland women anymore Oregon are there any Portland women anymore begun placing people in Salem—70 so far—partly because of rising housing costs in Portland.

East Portland landlord gives tenants a choice: Pay a percent rent hike, or get evicted.

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I had come here to purposefully live among refugees. But I if you were my boyfriend one of.

I was protected by my family ties, comfortable background, and economic class. This rent hike was unaffordable to many of my neighbors—and a mild inconvenience for me. That wasn't an accident: I was exactly the kind of person that property owners wanted to use to replace refugee families, one apartment at a time.

That change would happen with or without my taking up one unit ajymore the building. But I hadn't even thought about it. I was focused on myself and what I wanted—cheap rent, a diverse neighborhood, the sense that I was doing good—but I had no knowledge of the structures and the systems and the history that was are there any Portland women anymore work, forcing my neighbors.

It was insistent, a worm eating through my heart: Good intentions aren't. I was living out another page in the history of a state that has accepted outsiders reluctantly.