Northwest Portland: In theory, the industrial end of Northwest Portland is a vandwellers dream come true. The area around NW 21st is populated with parking lots and warehouses that are empty after 5 pm, which equates to few neighbors and free parking galore. The Pearl Districtâ home of 24 Hour Fitness, Safeway, and Whole Foodsâis a short walk to the east. The coffee shops, bars, and restaurants of NW 21st and 23rd avenues are even closer. After a shower and a quick trip to the Safeway, I settled into a nice spot under a tree behind a generic-looking warehouse. The street was completely void of human life, save a couple box trucks and a dirty sleeping bag next to a dumpster. I slept peacefully, and woke up early the next morning to get some coffee. I strolled in the direction of 23rd, took a left, and was almost run over by a Porsche Boxster with a chihuahua in the passenger seat within three blocks. The air smelled like cheap cologne and desperation, and it was barely 9 am. I arced back to 21st and ended up at Coffee Time, where I was approached within 5 minutes by a shaky woman with curly blonde hair that looked like it had just been washed in the sink of the bathroom she emerged from.