PORTLAND, OR(KPTV)-Greg Goodman strolls through Downtown Portland numerous times a week. Every time he takes these strolls, he states he sees cluttered trash and graffitied benches.
Seeing the state of Downtown Portland eventually took a toll on Goodman, who was influenced by the trash to compose to Mayor Ted Wheeler and other city leaders to do something.
“In a time like this, it is necessary for the small businesses and sellers to understand the city has their back. A part of having their back, is, number one, interacting with them, which they haven’t been interacting with them. Number two is keeping our downtown tidy,” Goodman stated.”
Goodman’s full letter reads: Dear Mayor Wheeler and city board members; I have actually connected a post from a current Business Journal relating to Standard Insurance coverage, the biggest personal company in downtown Portland, moving their workers to their Hillsboro campus for security reasons. A bigger number of companies are vacating or locating beyond the Central City. These companies include, Daimler Chrysler (subleasing 100k SF), Air B&B, Banana Republic, Microsoft (80k SF, plus permanently closing their retail store), Saucebox, etc. Google, who leased 90k SF in the Macy’s building has stopped building of their improvements. The list continues. If you know a retail or office broker, provide a call and ask them how many clients they have are attempting to leave. The number resembles absolutely nothing I have seen in 42 years of doing company in downtown.
Their departure has definitely nothing to do with Black Life’s Matter movement (which has actually been a positive) however does have most whatever to do with the lawlessness you are backing downtown. You are doing an outstanding of enabling people who don’t understand or appreciate George Floyd to ransack our city at the expenditure of individuals you are trying to help. Think how many tasks have been lost by individuals of color in our city, not through protest, however from vandalism. I would make the case that your actions have actually hurt those you have intended to help.
I would encourage each of you to walk downtown Portland in the morning. Name the time and I will provide you a trip. You aren’t sweeping the streets, needles are all over the place, trash bin are broken and left open, glass from vehicle windows that have been broken out is all over the streets, parks are strewn with litter (their water fountains shut off) weeds are taller than the plants in the planter boxes, graffiti is on sculptures, etc. You are willfully neglecting your responsibilities as elected officials to keep our city safe and tidy.
What outreach have you had to small business and merchants to tell them that you have their backs and are going to assist them. Your actions, or lack thereof, have been to the contrary. You have actually revealed them you do not care and as an outcome a huge variety of innocent and dedicated people have been victimized with some being placed on the street.
I suggest all of you walk downtown and when you see a shop or business that is open and not boarded up, stop in and speak with the owner or worker. Hear what they have to state. Ask what you can do for them. Let them know you care. As significantly, get going on cleaning up things up. Get the streets swept, double down on sidewalk cleaning and cleaning, change the burnt-out newspaper boxes, paint the light requirements, get the parks in order, and so on
. Most importantly, show some pride. Own the circumstance and make it much better. If you lead, others will follow. They just would like to know you care and are throwing down the gauntlet. Let them understand we will make it through this together and this is how the city is going to lead.
Thanks for your factor to consider of my comments. Let me understand how I can partner in your efforts.
Requirement Insurance confirmed they have actually temporarily moved workers out of their downtown office, stating:
“A number of staff members and security contractors have been assaulted near our downtown offices in current weeks and months, which contributed to the decision.”
Goodman is the co-president of Downtown Development Group which owns numerous properties in Portland. He said in over 40 years working downtown, he’s never seen it look this bad.
“I’ve never ever seen the tidiness in downtown worse than it is now,” Goodman said.
However, Goodman wants to be clear: he doesn’t think any of this mess has anything to do with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. He does state this has everything to do with the “lawlessness you are backing downtown.”
Fox 12 connected to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s workplace for an action to this letter. They sent out a declaration that checks out:
We have actually redirected graffiti abatement downtown, we are attending to policing with our 19-point strategy, we are triggering a retail response lead by Prosper Portland. We have likewise adjusted our response to those who are houseless through guidance from both Multnomah County and the Centers for Disease Control, all while working to alter and reimagine what public security looks like in our neighborhood. We welcome all Portland residents to join us in creating a safer Portland, denouncing violence and damage, and supporting the movement for Black Lives.
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