Pacific NW Retailers Reeling from Lawlessness, Shutting Doors

Mayor Ted Wheeler has presided over the collapse of downtown Portland businesses.

The radical left wanted Americans to get used to a “new normal,” and that’s happened in blue cities like Seattle and Portland, OR.

Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat recently wrote, “For Bruck Tewolde, the most surprising part about having your business rammed by a van and then looted is how ho-hum everybody is about it. It started with the police,’ said Tewolde, owner of King’s Deli in Seattle. ‘They said, ‘This is normal.’ They said, ‘It’s not only you, it’s regular. It’s everywhere that this is happening.’”

On Nov. 17th, the Nike store in Portland “has been closed for weeks after an increase in theft crimes, and there is no indication when it will reopen…,” according to FOX Business.

Downtown Portland

In another report from FOX Business, Greg Goodman, the Downtown Development Group’s co-president, wrote to Portland’s leadership, “You aren’t sweeping the streets, needles are all over the place, garbage cans are broken and left open, glass from car windows that have been broken out is all over the streets, parks are strewn with litter. You are willfully neglecting your duties as elected officials to keep our city safe and clean.”

Downtown Seattle

The situation has gotten so bad for Marcy Landolfo, owner of Rains PDX, she posted a note that read, “Rains PDX is permanently closed.”


The notice read, “Small businesses (and large) cannot sustain doing business, in our city’s current state. We have no protection, or recourse, against the criminal behavior that goes unpunished. Do not be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We have sustained 15 break-ins … we have not received any financial reimbursement since the 3rd.” 

This is not any kind of “normal.” It’s appalling that elected leaders, like Portland’s feckless Mayor Ted Wheeler, treat business owners in Democrat-run cities with such scorn.  

After imploring the city to help downtown businesses, rather than increasing crime-fighting efforts, using the police (imagine that), Wheeler said he wants to “better financially assist” businesses to repair their damaged shops. 

Landolfo pointed out that won’t “address crime.” But Wheeler is obviously not interested in addressing crime. 

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