Readers Reply to Downtown Portland Motels on the Brink of Foreclosures

Final week, WW broke the information that three downtown accommodations—File, the Duniway and the Portland Hilton—have been getting ready to foreclosures (“Motel Blues,” Sept. 7). (File’s proprietor, Provenance Motels, now says it has reached a deal to avert its lodge from being auctioned by its lender.) That information is the cherry on prime of a 26% industrial actual property emptiness price within the downtown core. Readers have been divided: Was this the inevitable results of lefty insurance policies coddling protesters, campers and criminals? Or the comeuppance of an outdated hospitality business that overbuilt and failed to regulate to competitors? Right here’s what readers needed to say:

Mr. Logic, by way of “Ms. Peel has finished some high quality reporting right here. I’ve been crucial of a lot of her articles prior to now. Nevertheless, credit score the place credit score is due.”

pdxarchitect, by way of Reddit: “I don’t know that metropolis leaders are on the hook for the truth that accommodations aren’t worthwhile in the mean time, but when they aren’t paying their taxes, that’s a pair million {dollars} a yr out of town coffers.

“The warning to metropolis leaders must be that that is the tip of the iceberg. If buildings go vacant throughout downtown, the quantity of tax collected by town will drop off of a cliff.”

LMitten, by way of “Should you haven’t seen the writing on the wall for the previous yr or so, I really feel sorry for you. Similar to procuring malls, office-dominated downtown cores are by no means coming again. However I ponder how a lot of the lodge business’s bother is predicated on the insane reputation of Airbnb, which I believe proves past a doubt that the lodge mannequin was outdated, regardless of COVID and all the pieces else.”

inure, by way of Reddit: “Corporations ought to require their employees to return so lodge/workplace buildings don’t go bankrupt? That’s a hell of a take.”

whoops123, by way of “I’ve appeared into staying at downtown accommodations many instances over the summer time, and often I ultimately determine it’s not well worth the $200+/evening price ticket to lease a room and as a substitute drive forwards and backwards from the coast. “If the accommodations really need to lease the rooms, make them inexpensive. I stayed on the Waterfront Marriott final month and, regardless of utilizing miles to pay for the room, nonetheless ended up paying $110 for charges, parking, and an $8 can of water within the foyer. They’re creating their very own issues and attempting to con town into giving them cash.

“Why isn’t ‘provide and demand’ kicking in? I’ve acquired no issues with the homeless folks, or any of the opposite excuses being provided by the accommodations. I simply don’t need to spend $200 on an overpriced lodge room.”

mobile_gas_9826, by way of Reddit: “These are three extremely giant accommodations in downtown. The Hilton is a historic constructing. I’m not going to shed a single tear for the house owners, particularly [former Provenance Hotels executive Gordon] Sondland, or teams dropping cash on this, however that is one other dangerous signal for downtown and significantly meals vehicles. It’s robust down there, and the declining foot visitors has brought about meals vehicles like mine to shift to cell occasions solely.”

Polis, by way of Week lastly sees the issue. A watershed mark.”


Our son forwarded an article to us written by you in Willamette Week relating to the lack of enterprise on the Benson Lodge in Portland [, Sept. 1]. The article was very well timed as my husband and I have been in Portland final weekend and stayed on the Benson. I made the next remark that I’ve been everywhere in the world and by no means hesitated to stroll out of the entrance door of my lodge to go exploring till Portland!

It’s an absolute travesty what has occurred to not solely the downtown space of Portland, however outskirts as effectively. Homeless, loopy, drug-addicted folks in all places. As a lot as we love the attractive Benson Lodge I knowledgeable them that on any future journeys we’d be investigating lodging in additional protected and clear areas.

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