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|Monday, April 01, 2013|
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Whether the New Seasons, McMenamins and Tasty & Sons of the world eventually expand to the outer east side remains to be seen; whether that kind of business development would lead to gentrification and displacement of local residents is also unclear. More certain is the incremental on-the-ground capacity building, which continues across East Portland. The Division-Midway Alliance, another East Portland prosperity initiative district, is planning a spring neighborhood fair and bike rodeo; according to Alliance co-chair Lori Boisen, the organization is also recruiting multilingual high school students to help engage business owners in cleaning up and improving their properties.
The owner of a coupon business targeting inner Southeast and Northeast residents, Boisen says her company is eager to move east. “But advertisers want to go where the money is,” she says. “Our goal is to make this a prosperous area for businesses.”
In Lents, longtime property owner Sam Farah had been using a storefront on Southeast 92nd Avenue as family storage — for the past eight years. But with the help of PDC grants to improve the sidewalk frontage and storefronts, Farah recently decided to upgrade the building. “We finally felt the need to do something with the property,” he says. One of the spaces was recently leased to Working Class Acupuncture, a business that used a $60,000 tenant improvement loan to complete its own build-out.
On 122nd, when White isn’t putting the finishing touches on South of Holgate, he’s championing a mixed-use project that would combine retail space, a community kitchen and veterans’ housing, a development he says requires PDC assistance. White also hopes a few of the rezoned properties — a large undeveloped lot off 126th and Powell, in particular — will attract a vertical manufacturing company like Bridgetown Natural Foods, which, in 2010, moved into a 65,000-square-foot facility on Foster Road east of I-205.
For White and many others, such projects can’t arrive soon enough. But if evolution is slow, a new chapter is definitely unfolding in Portland, a city at once lauded for revitalizing languishing neighborhoods and criticized for creating a pattern of homogeneity and dislocation. Improving the fortunes of East Portland is about more than uplifting neighborhoods on the margin. It’s about maintaining the health — and reputation — of the entire city, and testing the viability of a new, culturally diverse, community-based development model. The success or failure of that model could have ripple effects nationwide.
In the past decade, poverty has migrated away from the inner city to the suburbs, in Portland and around the country, says Nick Christensen, president of the Lents Neighborhood Association. “If we want to tell the world we are the best planned city, then we have to come up with the answer to East Portland and how to make it successful economically,” Christensen says. “It’s the great problem we are all trying to solve.”
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY BRANDON SAWYER
Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Brad Smith, founder of Hot Pepper Studios, and Travis Boersma, president of Dutch Bros. Coffee, share their recent reads.
Friday, April 11, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
BY MARK BLAINE | OB BLOGGER
The publisher of the Emerald Media Group moves on, leaving a cutting edge media group that depends on business acumen for its survival.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
As retailers consolidate and newspapers fold, the business of modeling shifts to ad agencies, apparel companies and new media.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
BY MARY SPILDE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Community college career, technical and workforce programs present an opportunity to bring business and education together as never before.
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