Portland, Ore., Mayor Tom Potter is under pressure to do something after five downtown shootings in the past four months, reports the Oregonian. The paper notes that the crime spike wouldn’t even be noticed in most big cities. But in Portland, the shootings have business leaders and neighborhood activists worried and demanding answers and action from City Hall.
“The beauty of downtown Portland, the reason it is such an icon of this region, is that you can walk around at night and feel safe,” said Joe D’Alessandro, head of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association, whose job is to say good things about the city. “The perception is growing out there that this is no longer the case.” Mayor Potter has called a meeting today with club owners to talk about the shootings and solicit their help.