The Pearl District is the downtown place where lovers of art, farmers markets, food, music, and community go to support one another and have a good time. A common tourist spot with the park blocks.
Portland crime is not bad in most areas compared to most larger cities. There are areas with high crime ratings but the area in which I live feels safe to me and there is a lot of security in the streets.
Portland is really growing and because of this, housing is getting more and more expensive. The homeless community here is growing as well. Portland is becoming overcrowded and not as clean and atmospheric as it used to be. I would not move here again. It was nice for a short while to experience the city but I would rather live in a nicer place close to the city in the future.
The community within the dorm is great, but the others on the block make me feel somewhat uncomfortable.
I haven't specifically heard of anyone being hurt, but I do know that bikes get stolen a lot.