Crime has surged in Portland, Ore., but its new lockup sits empty


Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
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PORTLAND, Ore.- It might be one of the prettiest jails ever built.

A long driveway circles past a modern-art sculpture on the front lawn. The main building appears like a manor, with pink stucco and glass tile on the outside. The interior motif leans heavily toward pastels. Vaulted ceilings and open-air corridors suggest the design principles of \o7f\f7\o7eng shui.

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