Just slightly better than Cleveland


Here's an interesting study, comparing cell phone traffic at "points of interest" in 62 major North American downtowns to what they were in the corresponding period in 2019. This past fall, in the latest data shown, Portland's was only 37 percent of what it had been – third-worst of the whole lot. New York City was at 74 percent; San Diego at 99 percent; L.A., 65 percent. San Francisco brings up the rear at 31 percent, and Seattle's managed to get to 44 percent. On the comeback trail we ain't.


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  1. The James G.Blaine Society exults! This is wondrous! Spread the word! GTFO claimjumpers!

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  2. Another capital "F" on Portland's FAIL roster.

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  3. I drive through the downtown Portland courthouse area enough to say that 37 might be high

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    1. I make a point of avoiding downtown. I've been here since '58. I got my first real job, just out of college, in the heart of downtown. My father oversaw the building of several major buildings downtown. Thanks a change in career and the rise of express buses, I got to avoid commuting through downtown. And, when I retired, I ceased even having any reason to go anywhere near downtown, especially driving.

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    2. I quit going downtown about 25 years ago when they started charging for weekend parking. That was the beginning of the end for downtown.

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    1. I believe that's called "taste-testing dog crap."

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  5. Not to forget, TriMet's purpose is to bring people to downtown. So what now?

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    1. The upside of Portland's demise is that it is killing the (completely disingenuous and financially preposterous) arguments for more regional light rail lines. The hub and spoke model won't sell in the suburbs if the people living near the end of a spoke have no interest in venturing into the hub.

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