Portland’s Disgraceful Anarchy

A city’s besieged businesses close rather than deal with unchecked urban degradation.

The disorder that has long dominated the streets of Portland, Oregon reached a new low earlier this month, when Columbia Sportswear, a major retailer headquartered just outside of nearby Beaverton, had to close its flagship store downtown for a day after protestors blocked shoppers from entering. The protestors were reacting to an op-ed by Tim Boyle, Columbia’s CEO, in which he confessed that relocating his company to downtown Portland may have been a mistake, citing the crimes and indecencies his employees have endured, including “daily defecation” by transients in the store’s lobby. Certain repeat offenders of the city’s vagrant population, along with other agitators, have issued death threats and broken into cars; one Columbia employee had to run into moving traffic after a stranger followed her and threatened to kill her.

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  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Fuck ’em. They voted for so-called Progressive politicians so now they reap what they have sown.

    • felis gracilis

      Exactly. Maybe if they feel enough pain, they might actually decide to elect politicians who will do something.
      I won’t be holding my breath, however.

    • UCSPanther

      This is the kind of thing that happens when vagrants become a “protected class”…

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        Exactly. Here we have the Vancouver area network of drug users, who, believe it or not, are taken seriously and even fawned over by the cops, government, And MSM. in other words a bunch of junkies, crackheads, and meth freaks are influencing public policy.

        • bob e

          This happens in Washington DC too ..

        • The Deplorable Rosenmops

          A lot of crazy people from further east wind up in Vancouver and Victoria because of the mild weather. I think at one point the Alberta government was buying bus tickets to BC for vagrants.

          They never should have closed the asylums. Young people don’t believe me when I tell them that Vancouver didn’t have homeless drug addicts in the 50’s and early 60’s. At least you never saw them around. There might have been the odd hobo, but that was it.

          • UCSPanther

            My mother told of how when some of those rubber ramadas on the coast were shut down, a flood of mentally ill vagrants were drifting through Lillooet back in the 1970s and early 1980s.

    • Frances

      Except I rather suspect the business owners, particularly small business owners, did NOT vote for the “Progs”. They’re the victims of other voters.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        A good point.

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  • simus1

    Karma is a beeatch, no foolin’.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This is the elected government that has always fought any effort to correct this. The power in Portland isn’t retail business it’s in tech, insurance and banking and those people, those wealthy residents don’t care about crime because they want to portray a city that’s more progressive than Austin, Texas and San Francisco combined. Portland has one of the highest if not the highest per capita population of homeless runaway children in America. It’s a Dickensian army of street urchins and the government and the voters are happy to have them. If local businesses close the city elites won’t care.

    • UCSPanther

      The infestations of urchins, crust punks, junkies and insane vagrants give the Portland elite props to virtue signal with.

      Otherwise, they are kept well away from their enclaves.

  • UCSPanther

    I guess opening a lumber mill in Portland would be a mistake…

    • Frances

      It would be a brilliant idea. You could get back the original “Skid Road”!!

  • bob e

    I though only peaceful communes is where everyone lived in Oregon ..