Minneapolis was the epicenter of the spark that lit the powderkegs but there were no Democrat-run cities that blew up like Seattle and Portland. Both have had riots for months. And some businesses in Portland have had enough. They are thinking about moving out of downtown.
‘The financial consequences to the downtown corridor are a running calculation that is almost impossible to wrap your mind around. The financial impacts of physical damage is one thing, and that continues to increase,’ the organization’s’s president and CEO, Andrew Hoan, said in July. ‘Then the ongoing loss of revenue to the business community who cannot operate their places of businesses is also a number that continues to rise.’
Business owners said the continued clashes in the city, particularly in front of the federal courthouse, are affecting profits and their sense of safety.
It’s not safe for our employees. It’s not safe for customers. The physical space is compromised. And? There’s no end in sight.
Some of the CEO’s are saying nice things about being committed to the city, but I have to think that’s just smoke blowing up the proverbial backside. No one in positions of power is dumb enough to believe that the political leadership in a city committed to defunding law enforcement is going to do anything. Heck, more than half of these people probably backstopped more than a few of their political campaigns.
And they are committed to the city?
That’s a polite way of saying, I don’t want to piss off my mayor, but if you asked me after a few drinks off the record, we’re getting the heck out of dodge the moment it becomes more financially viable than trying to make do is this hell hole.