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Small Businesses Damaged by Political Violence in Downtown Portland
by The Portland Business Alliance
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PORTLAND, OR - Tonight, several small businesses, retailers, restaurants, and places of worship and service, had their windows broken in downtown Portland. In a very Portland moment, we are also hearing heartwarming accounts of people helping each other and our city's beloved small businesses put the boards back up on the windows and secure their spaces.

It's important to note that many of the businesses that are still open in downtown Portland are just trying to survive amidst a multitude of challenges our city has faced over the past several months due to COVID-19 closures and extended political violence.

"I find it beyond comprehension that anyone would continue to think that the destruction of our small businesses in downtown Portland is somehow acceptable or represents the exercise of free speech. These destructive acts of political violence, must stop now," said Andrew Hoan, President & CEO, Portland Business Alliance. "I hope every elected official will react and denounce this reprehensible behavior, just as vehemently as when our beloved Oregon Historical Society was attacked."

This evening members of the Downtown Retail Council, Downtown Portland Clean & Safe and others are responding to requests to help those in need. If you are located within the Downtown Portland Clean & Safe District and need help with a non-emergency issue outside of your building, report a problem here.

Tomorrow, we encourage all Portlanders to pour a little love back into the heart of the Rose City by supporting and shopping at a local small business. Call in advance as hours may change. Find out who’s open in downtown Portland here.

ABOUT The Portland Business Alliance is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to create opportunity and advance well-being for all who live and work in the greater Portland and SW Washington region. Our vision is a healthy and resilient business ecosystem. Visit PortlandAlliance.com for more information.

The Downtown Portland Clean & Safe District provides extraordinary essential services to the people, places and businesses within a core 213-block area of our unique city. Operating since 1988, the district is one of the oldest, largest and most successful enhanced service districts in the nation. Visit DowntownPortland.org for more information.