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Portland’s protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd are approaching 70 consecutive days. Add to that the devastation of Covid-19 on the economy, and it’s understandable that local businesses in the city face seemingly insurmountable odds to recover.
Commerce in the downtown core has screeched to a halt mainly due to the ongoing pandemic. Heavy media coverage of the protest activities in the area has also added to the issue. The city circulated a plan to help revitalize downtown businesses, but judging by the response, some worry that the action is too slow or too late.