Business owners in Portland anxiously await results of mayor's plan for homelessness

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s plan to address homelessness includes banning camping over an 18-month period and building three, giant homeless campuses instead.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Empty buildings and for lease signs are on nearly every corner of downtown Portland. Some describe it as a slow deterioration, one of the many side effects of the city’s homeless crisis.

“It’s going to be a very long process to recover from this,” said Todd Gooding who runs Scanlan Kemper Bard Companies, which owns five commercial buildings downtown. In recent months they’ve lost tenants and are now in the process of selling two buildings all due to safety concerns relating to

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