The proposed relocation of the Portland Police headquarters to County Way (next to the jail) is an apparent adjunct to the possible resiting of the 150-bed homeless shelter, and is an indication of what a problematic land use a homeless shelter of that size will be.

Or, to say it another way: A police station is generally not considered a desirable use of land – maybe a neutral one at best. It is only when considered in conjunction with the shelter that the police station might seem like a community benefit.

Zack Barowitz