Portland Businesses: Governments Should Lead Reopenings

Portland Tribune   |   Jim Redden

Posted In — News & Press | In the News

Gov. Kate Brown announced a plan to kickstart the state economy earlier this month by eliminating most COVID-19 restrictions when 70% of Oregonians 16 and older receive at least one vaccination.

Other elected officials also are eager to revive the economy, especially in Portland, where much of downtown has been shuttered by the combined consequences of the pandemic, frequently violent protests and the growing homeless crisis. According to the Kidder Mathews commercial real estate firm, the downtown Portland office vacancy rate reached 15.3% in the first quarter of the year — 19.2% in Chinatown and the Pearl District, and 14.9% in the central business district.

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