Portland has always had a large population of transient workers who pass through the city at various seasons; in addition a portion of the transients stay in town year round. Transient and resident hotels have always served this population in the North End and in the downtown area, creating neighborhoods with a fairly high incidence of alcoholism and violence.
Paid for by patrons
My latest post at Slabtown Chronicle came at the suggestion of one of my readers. Her grandmother was Ethel Rice, one of the murder victims at the Read Hotel.