[Ed. – This problem continues to grow in all the big cities of the West Coast. Prediction of a warmer-than-average winter will encourage it to get worse in the short term. Unspoken: the impact of easily accessible weed on this trend. Homelessness is growing rapidly in Colorado too, in spite of the much less conducive climate — because pot legalization attracts a demographic prone to homelessness. Up and down the West Coast, illegal migration is a major factor in this trend as well.]
Columbia Sportswear may be the next business to flee downtown Portland after a series of frightening encounters with the city’s homeless population, including car break-ins, human waste dumped by the office’s front door and threats to its employees.
In an op-ed piece published earlier this month by The Oregonian, Columbia Sportswear President and CEO Tim Boyle said he is concerned he made a mistake when he opened a headquarters for the company’s Sorel footwear brand downtown, calling the situation “outrageous and unacceptable.”
“In fact, I am so concerned about the safety of our employees at the Sorel headquarters that we are taking the next 90 days to re-evaluate our location decision,” Boyle wrote.