12 thoughts on “SE Reedway Street, 1972

  1. As I have said before, I know things were not perfect and we do not know what went on in those homes. However, when I see a scene like this, I feel comforted. We do not see many kids walking alone today. I grew up in the 50’s and early 60’s in a very “rough” mining town in North Idaho: 2,500 people, 15 or so bars, and other “entertainment establishments.” We NEVER felt afraid and parents did not fear for their kids. ALAS!

  2. I grew up in the Burlingame neighborhood of Portland. We never locked our doors. Nice to see these old homes still here. I notice the second one up on the right is still the same color. Wonder if they’ve ever painted it.

  3. You probably could still not lock your doors. Statistics show that crime–particularly violent crime–is no worse now than in 1972 when this photo was taken. And it is trending down. But we FEEL less safe. I think our perceptions of crime risk have more to do with the massive proliferation of media coverage of crime than actual changes in crime rates.

  4. Violent crime is definitely down but burglaries are up, especially in the southeast. I feel that the difference is drugs, nobody broke into houses to buy pot but with amphetamines it’s a whole new ballgame.

  5. I really believe the burglary problem in S.E. is directly related to the number of homeless people living there now.

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