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Chinatown Portland: Old Town Chinatown's Bright Retail Future

There was a time not so long ago when downtown retail suffered a 12 percent vacancy rate, spurring a coalition of private and public forces to concentrate their efforts on developing a thriving shopping corridor. The most notable effort, perhaps, was a series of holiday-season pop-up shops that featured local makers and retailers, some of which developed into permanent fixtures like Crafty Wonderland and Boys Fort. You can also thank those efforts for the influx of biggies like H&M and Sephora.
Now some of those same efforts—Portland Business Association, Portland Development Commission, Downtown Clean & Safe—are broadening their scope, recasting Old Town Chinatown as a new land of........ read more