Tent settlement

A sidewalk in Old Town blocked by tents in a photograph included with the lawsuit filed by Portland attorney John DiLorenzo.

The Portland City Council will consider a proposed settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday, May 31, that would clear homeless tents and tarps from sidewalks and other public spaces.

The lawsuit was filed by Portland lawyer John DiLorenzo, who represents 10 disabled Portlanders, in Oregon U.S. District Court on Sept. 6, 2022. It is based on a section of the Americans with Disabilities Act that identifies sidewalks as a "service, program, or activity" that must remain accessible for those with disabilities.

Jim Redden is a reporter based in Portland, Ore.

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