Mr. Davis: You continue to confuse the issue between one of public safety/comfort and one of business vitality. Likely you do this on purpose, since sensationalism is your status quo, but this is a cheap shot you are taking here at Commissioner Adams.
Intimidating and unsafe behavior should not be tolerated anywhere by anyone. Unfortunately, in this case, a business enabled and tolerated this bad behavior to occur right outside its doors. As we all know, diagnosing and treating the cause as well as the symptoms is the effective way to treat an illness. In this case, the business and the bad behavior have long been associated and consequently need to be removed. And too many times, Portland leadership will favor looking the other way or playing politick rather than tackle unacceptable behaviors with tough solutions. But here the City took action to remove the source of a nusiance that has consistently and aggressively plagued downtown for years. And the City needs to stand their ground on what is right for the safety of its citizens, not what is good for any one individual. I applaud Commissioner Adams and encourage him and the rest of City Council to stay strong with this decision.
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