The obvious question for business owners in the Portland area is similar to those by business owners in other riot torn areas. Why rebuild at my current location? If history provides insight many will not.
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adding what is happening in downtown Portland is almost not worth the cost of doing business.
“It’s kind of the consensus right now is, why stay?" Gibson said. "As a business, why would I stay in Portland."
So far the local DA has filed charges against 19 people for their actions.
https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/4811 ... 00-for-now
Of the 851 arrested by local police, 249 have been referred to the D.A. for potential felony charges, while another 599 are listed as misdemeanor charges. A few cases have charges listed as "null" or "other."
So far, District Attorney Mike Schmidt has filed charges in 19 cases involving protesters. The alleged crimes include shining a high-powered laser at police, throwing a mortar firework, a glass bottle or a shield, possessing a destructive device, firing a gun, assaulting police, or possessing a firearm or body armor while being a felon.
Of the 19 cases, only one person has been convicted so far, after pleading guilty to first-degree arson
Keeping in mind the above lack of prosecution there is this recent announcement.
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ordered police in Oregon’s largest city to stop using tear gas for crowd control during the frequently violent protests that have racked the city for more than three months
The message to me is pretty clear...if you live in the Portland area you need to do a critical assessment of your personal safety.
The other more important take away; Portland( IMO) is also a good model to review for planning/preparations purposes. It provides insight into the future where local entities will simply not enforce laws against those whose agenda they support.