Portland businesses beg city leaders for help due to ‘rapidly deteriorating’ neighborhood conditions

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A group of businesses in Portland, Oregon’s Old Town have sent a letter to Mayor Ted Wheeler as well as city and county commissioners urging for their help with the “rapidly deteriorating conditions” in their neighborhood.The letter, dated Oct. 11, states that each of the four businesses have experienced “flagrant drug dealing, fires and vandalism, verbal and physical threats as well as actual assaults” over the last several months.One of the businesses, Lan Su Chinese Garden, said that three of their staff members were assaulted in a single day in September.“This was just one of a list of events that prompted the difficult decision to hire additional security and lock the front gate. The …

















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