My husband and I have lived in Rockwood for a few years now, and the livability hasn’t improved at all. This entire area lacks valuable commodities of any kind, and there are hardly any grocery stores or restaurants. The Walgreens that WAS down the street recently had to leave due to the high theft rate and vandalism. If you’re into prostitutes, drug activity, gang violence & shootings, want drug addicts harassing you for money everyday at the TriMet stops, and don't value your safety - then this is the place for you.
A short distance from a meeting in Portland, OR, I found a serene place to stay in the city of Gresham. After traveling to the downtown district, I found that there is a rich, celebrated history in their rustic assortment of merchants and restaurants. Gresham provides a bevvy of dining options, and I found a most satisfying Italian dining experience at Boccelli's Ristorante. After a succulent meal, I wandered amongst the tree-laden streets to find a comfortable feel to all of my surroundings. Even the businesses retained a personalized vibe that allowed for a feel quite refreshing compared to most urbanized downtown tourist destinations.
To my surprise I would find the next day held in store Gresham's annual Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, still retaining the city serenity among droves of out of town patrons. I also had the benefit of browsing through the Gresham Farmer's Market, which had an amazing array of fresh produce and local wares true to the homespun environment of the town. I had an outstanding experience in this city and would highly recommend visiting Gresham, OR to anyone looking for a different sort of touring destination.