Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar
Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon
False Promises: Portland's Downtown
The Portland Business Alliance does an annual survey of all downtown businesses.
It shows both the strengths and weaknesses of Portland's downtown.
Here are some things the we think Portland's planners don't brag about to visiting
Downtown gained 167 businesses and lost 4008 jobs between 2001 and 2005
Downtown's top 3 employers are government, as are five of the top ten
45% of businesses feel impacted by Public Inebriates, Transients and Vagrants
45% of businesses feel impacted by Effects of Graffiti and Vandalism
33% list Cost of Parking as Factor that Need Improvement
22% list Availability of Parking as a Factor that Need Improvement
Downtown Employees Getting to Work by BUS decreased 9% (from 25 to 23%)
Downtown Employees Getting to Work by MAX Light Rail decreased 43% (from 20 to 14%)
Downtown Employees Getting to Work by DRIVE ALONE INCREASED 10% (from 44 to 48%)
Downtown Employees Getting to Work by walking and biking doubled from a small base