As Portland leaders work to reinvigorate the city’s downtown, the city’s economic bureau, Prosper Portland, has invested in a cool attraction — literally. It’s a temporary ice rink and market in downtown Portland under the Morrison Bridge called Woodsy Winter Village.
In his annual State of the City address on Friday, Mayor Ted Wheeler detailed his plans to revive the struggling city and said Portland was in the middle of “a newborn and fragile movement towards recovery.”
OPB visited 10 sites in March and April swept since Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's Feb. 4 order. Despite the mayor's vow that people moved could not return to their old campsites, many seem to have done exactly that. Others have moved to different but equally dangerous roadways. And, some, like Gordon Muma Jr. and his friend Lenny Ronk, have shifted mere feet.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday he hopes to reinstate a police bureau program to rehire recently retired police officers in an attempt to shore up the bureau’s staffing and help tackle a worsening gun violence crisis.
The tepid police response has led some in Portland to doubt that the bureau is doing everything in its power to respond to emergency calls. An email obtained by OPB shows that skepticism is not limited to protesters - it has reached the highest level at City Hall.