Mayor Ted Wheeler Responds to Author of Forbes Magazine Piece Trashing Portland: “He’s Wrong”

The mayor says downtown will return when COVID leaves, adding that New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Fran are in same boat.

Mayor Ted Wheeler today took issue with a recent essay published in Forbes magazine by Bill Conerly, an economist who lives in Lake Oswego.

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In a brief Zoom interview, Wheeler responded to Conerly's premise: that Portland is being systematically destroyed by crime, protests and visible homelessness.

“It’s very unusual when somebody who lives in a community trashes the community for the national media,” Wheeler said. “I can’t understand what purpose that is serving, particularly when he’s wrong.”