Portland makes it easy to add businesses security doors, lights to fight against vandalism

Portland makes it easy to add businesses security doors, lights to fight against vandalism

Portland City Council unanimously decided on Wednesday to speed up the permitting process for businesses seeking to install doors and lighting amid a reported increase in vandalism and burglaries.

The vote on the emergency ordinance met with strong objection from the city’s preservation commissions, who warned unwelcoming design elements could backfire and deter visitors from returning to the city center. .

The downtown Apple Store reopened in February 2021, surrounded by a temporary door. City council is considering an ordinance this week that would allow companies looking to erect similar fences to bypass the design review board.

Rebecca Ellis / OPB

The rule, introduced by Commissioner Dan Ryan and Mayor Ted Wheeler, will allow many businesses in the city …

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