In 2014, local writer Pierre Ouellette released a near-future dystopian novel set in Portland that predicted the worst of the city today. It received good reviews, but then something went wrong and "The Forever Man" has not been available for years.

In the novel, extreme income inequality has made the city unaffordable for all but the richest. The streets are lined with homeless people living in vehicles. City government has lost control of everything east of the Willamette River, which was ruled by violent gangs. Many Portland landmarks are prominently featured.