Transients create boat 'skid row' on river

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Some of Portland, Oregon's homeless have left the streets to sleep on the Willamette River in boats.

"It's what you would see on skid row, but skid row has moved to the water," said Lt. Bret Elliot of the local marine patrol.

About 15 now bob along the East Bank Esplanade and the South Waterfront bank. Authorities said they started appearing about two years ago, likely because of the economy.

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