July 2022
Welcome to Our New Board Chair, Terrence Paschal!
Terrence Paschal is the Senior Director for Real Estate and Facilities for The Standard Insurance Company, a leading provider of insurance and financial products and services. Terrence leads and manages the activities of the real estate and corporate facilities staff for The Standard, managing capital improvement projects consistent with strategic property plans and directing all facilities activities to ensure optimal space utilization and standardization of all corporate facilities in the Portland home offices and in regional offices around the country.

Terrence is active member of the community, joining the Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, the Oregon Business & Industry Transportation Committee, volunteering at the YMCA of Columbia – Willamette and at Parkrose Middle School as a Track and Field Coach, and most recently serving as the new Downtown Portland Clean & Safe board chair.

“The DPC&S team has never given up on Downtown Portland and we never will. Because of the hard work from the cleaning, safety and operations teams we will help build downtown back bigger and better. With fresh ideas and outside-the-box thinking from a diverse team the sky is the limit.”
Downtown Portland Clean & Safe Appreciation Event
Last week, alongside our community partners, we had the pleasure of hosting our annual Downtown Portland Clean & Safe Appreciation event. This event honors and recognizes the Clean Start crew members and safety officers who dedicate their workday to maintaining the vibrancy of 213-blocks of our central city. We were joined by Mayor Ted Wheeler, Central City Concern President & CEO, Andy Mendenhall and several members of our incredible Board of Directors.
The event opened with remarks from Executive Director, Mark Wells, who introduced newly appointed Board of Directors Chair, Terrence Paschal. Terrence currently serves as the Senior Director of Real Estate and Facilities at The Standard and dedicates many additional hours to serving various community organizations around the city. “I would like to thank my fellow board members for their significant time, energy, and support for not only Clean & Safe through your active participation on our board, but also for their dedication to our Downtown Portland community. I’m looking forward to another successful year as we work with the Clean & Safe staff and our vendors towards delivering on our main goal this year of business and residential retention,” shared Terrence during his state of the organization address.

Two Clean Start crew members were honored with the Cleaner of the Year Awards. Gabe Chatterton and Jeremy Young, were both recognized for their dedication to the improvement of Downtown Portland and their outstanding leadership among their peers. As leaders within the Clean Start program, Gabe and Jeremy do the hard work of ensuring our sidewalks are free of litter, pressure wash outdoor surfaces and remove graffiti in downtown. Officers John Escobar and Amadeo Huq, were also recognized with the Officer of the Year Awards for their work and dedication to the Downtown Portland district.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating the amazing accomplishments of our team and community partners. 
Our First Downtown Retail Council Happy Hour Event!
Last month, Downtown Portland Clean & Safe and the Downtown Retail Council hosted its first-ever happy hour event with Downtown retailers. It was an opportunity for businesses to connect and share stories of hope and inspiration, and there was a lot of good news shared! We heard from Greg—the owner of Great by Greg (formerly Grate Co) who after a successful run as a PDX Pop-Up recently opened his own brick and mortar in Downtown. Wei, owner of The Belle Pomme which opened during the pandemic also shared their experience as a new downtown retailer. Both businesses are now successfully navigating from start-ups to established businesses.

Longtime Downtown supporters, Chef Lisa Schroeder of Mother's Bistro and Eric Murfitt of Mercantile Portland shared their optimism about Downtown as they have been seeing increased business during the past few months.

It was great to have the opportunity to connect with so many retailers and we’d like to give a big thank you to our host Jason Gerlt of Southpark Seafood! The oysters and hospitality were amazing! We really look forward to seeing you all at our next happy hour event!
A Tour of Downtown Portland's Newest Office Space with NAIOP Oregon
A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of joining the NAIOP Oregon - Downtown Portland Walking Tour! Our senior team, safety guards, and Street Ambassadors were all on-site helping welcome participants and lead a group through the walking tour. Groups participated in a 2-hour walk that showcased Portland’s newest office development spaces and included indoor tours of the 220 Specht Development Building, JK Gill Building, The Director Building, and the newly renovated Exchange Block.

A lot of effort is going into the revitalization of our city and it's exciting to see such high interest from realtors and so many newly renovated commercial spaces line our downtown blocks.
Commissioner Mapps Tours Downtown Portland's Small Businesses
Last month, our team had the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Mingus Mapps and his staff to lead them on a walking tour of retailers in the Old Town and Central City. The tour gave the Commissioner an opportunity to meet and talk directly with small business owners and managers to hear about their experience during the last two years and the plans they have for their businesses in the coming months.
We kicked off the tour at the Lan Su Chinese Garden where Executive Director, Elizabeth McCabe Nye, provided an update on the 90-Day Old Town plan. We continued with a visit to Index PDX, where owner Mike Nguyen shared his insight on the exciting world of sneaker collecting and trading. We then had a chance to meet Masuyuki Nakamura the owner at Nakamuraya to learn about Japanese Streetwear, and Chef/Owner Kristen Murray of MÅURICE to learn about her great restaurant. Daryn White Cyrus, Area GM of the Woodlark Hotel, then shared with us her staffing challenges and how the hotel has been faring. Finally, we ended the tour at The Cart Blocks, hearing from Keith Jones about exciting updates with the food carts and efforts made for placemaking in the space.

Thank you to Commissioner Mapps and all the small business owners who took time out of their day to participate in the tour!
Who to Call for Help
If you are located within the Downtown Portland Clean & Safe District and need help with a non-emergency issue outside of your building, call us at
503-224-7383. Please be prepared with the location, description of what’s happening and description of those involved.
Our SAFETY team,
can help with:
  • Disorderly behavior
  • Aggressive panhandling
  • Public drinking
  • Individuals sleeping in doorways or blocking access
  • Advice on a security issue
Our CLEANING team,
can help with:
  • Cleaning the sidewalk
  • Removing graffiti on the building walls facing the street, no higher than 8'
  • Picking up needles or other biohazards
Hours of operation:
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.

In an emergency, call 9-1-1 for an immediate response.
Non-emergency calls to Portland Police, call 503-823-3333.

For City/County information and referrals, call 503-823-4000.

To report camping or other livability issues, visit pdxreport.org.
Welcome to Our Newest Sidewalk Ambassadors!
Downtown Portland Clean & Safe is excited to have a new and returning group of Street Ambassadors back in the downtown area!

Our Downtown Sidewalk Ambassadors are walking concierges who provide visitors and locals alike with highly visible and friendly world-class hospitability and information. If you have questions on how parking works, how to rent a BIKETOWN bike, or want to find the best sushi burrito in town, our Sidewalk Ambassadors have the answers! Ambassadors also have a wealth of information about upcoming downtown events, local museums and exhibitions, and other tourism information.

The Sidewalk Ambassador Program expanded this year, in part because of a generous partnership with Travel Portland. Look for their friendly faces and their super cool mobile kiosk created by local vendor Icicle Tricycles throughout Downtown and in Old Town areas.
Downtown Retail Council
The Downtown Retail Council (DRC) is the voice for Downtown Portland’s consumer business. Meetings are open to retailers, restaurateurs and hoteliers within the Downtown Portland and Old Town areas.
The DRC meets on the second Tuesday of each month (January - October) from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Downtown Portland Clean & Safe Joins in on the Pride Ride Fun!
On June 3rd, our Clean & Safe team joined The Street Trust on World Bicycle Day for a super fun bicycle parade around our Downtown community!

The two-mile ride celebrated Pride Month and was hosted by Portland drag queen Poison Waters with special appearances by Portland’s very own The Gay Beards and The Unipiper. Cyclists also had the opportunity to visit a few points of interest from Portland’s 2SLGBTQIA+ past and present, like the office and residence of famed 1900’s lesbian Doc Marie Equi; Vera Katz Park, former mayor and gay ally; and Pride Plaza, one of our new street plazas filled with street art, public seating, and community activities. The ride wrapped with a final dance party at the Cart Blocks Food Cart Pod where cyclists and guests gathered to celebrate.

We’d like to give a special thank you to all the community partners that helped support the event and to our ride ambassadors from BikePOC PNW for leading the ride!

We look forward to hosting this wonderful event next year! 
A Big Win for the Alliance and Downtown Portland Clean & Safe
A few weeks ago, at the Portland Business Alliance Annual Meeting, presented by U.S. Bank, Alliance Board Chair John Maher gave a tremendous highlight of the state of the Alliance and, in part, shared the following remarks about Downtown Portland Clean & Safe:

“The Alliance’s year started with a big win.

Some of you may recall the challenges around the renewal of the enhanced services district contract for Downtown Portland.

The Alliance persevered despite the voices of a few who strenuously opposed not only the renewal of the district, but its existence altogether.

We faced strong headwinds, attacks on our Board and staff, and false narratives around the good work of our affiliated partners at Downtown Portland Clean & Safe to secure a 10-year contract to continue donating $6.5M annually toward providing extraordinary services to the people, places and businesses within the 213-block area in the heart of our Downtown.

On behalf of a grateful business community along with the residents, tenants and property owners of Downtown Portland, I want to thank our city council members for renewing this critical partnership.

But for the efforts of the Alliance and our Clean & Safe team, none of this would have been possible.”

We want to thank each and every one of you for getting us through the past year with your tremendous support. We are fully dedicated to making the Downtown area a safer and cleaner place for all and look forward to an even more successful second half of this year."
Downtown Portland is our city’s heartbeat. It’s the urban center that brings together locals and visitors to eat, shop, explore and gather. From our city’s thriving retail district to its renowned restaurants, Downtown Portland offers countless reasons to come together.

This month we’re excited to feature:
At Tanaka, Japanese comfort food, artisanal baking, and of course the katsu sauce are at the forefront of what we make. We offer an all-day breakfast and lunch menu made with ingredients sourced from the Pacific Northwest. Our pastries are infused with flavors commonly found in Japanese cuisine.
Portland Saturday Market is OPEN Saturdays from 10am - 5pm. “Nationally recognized as the largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market in the country, PSM is proud to provide a marketplace for local small businesses creating handmade arts, crafts and foods from the Pacific Northwest.”
Take a beautiful weekend in Portland and sprinkle in beer, food, live music, art, goods and some absolutely amazing artisans and you've got the Summer Edition of The Makers Fair. The event is free and family-friendly. Supporting local artisans at this summer edition block party!
Enjoy lunch-time serenades downtown in Portland's living room—Pioneer Courthouse Square. Opera a la Cart is a mobile performance venue that brings live opera performances directly into the community spaces where people gather. This event series is free and open to the public.
Our team wants to support your business!
If you would like to be featured in an upcoming write-up, please email Sommer at smartin@portlandalliance.com.
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About Downtown Portland Clean & Safe
Downtown Portland Clean & Safe is a private, nonprofit organization that contracts with the Portland Business Alliance to provide enhanced cleaning and security services, marketing and economic development programs to downtown property owners.

The Downtown Portland Clean & Safe District provides extraordinary essential services to the people, places and businesses within a core 213-block area of our unique city. Operating since 1988, the district is one of the oldest, largest and most successful enhanced service districts in the nation.

Hours of operation:
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. 

For service, call 503-224-7383.
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