Buttigieg Tells UAW to Pound Sand Over Electric Vehicle Mandate
Fauci Made a Secret Visit to the CIA During the COVID Pandemic. Guess...
Elon Musk: 'I Would Rather Go to Prison Than...'
Here Are All the Dem Senators Who Want Gold Bar Bob Menendez to...
James Carville Delivers a Scathing Observation About Left-Wing Democrats
House Republicans Have Some Questions About DOD Official's 'Close Relationship' With Iran
Pump the Brakes! Scientists Say There's Something Off With These 'Long COVID' Studies
Here's Why the Mayo Clinic Just Pulled This Information About Hydroxychloroquine Off Its...
Poll Shows Iowans Are Still Undecided
Why This Teacher Was Arrested Will Shock You
Decay: Major Retailers Announce Hundreds of New Store Closures Due to Mounting Crime...
Former Special Forces Green Beret Derrick Anderson Is Running for Congress Again, With...
Newsom Signs Extreme Gun Control Measures Into Law
Oof: Voters Chewing Up and Spitting Out WH 'Bidenomics' Talking Points
Gallagher Draws Attention to the 'Most Important Issue' That Hasn't Been Mentioned Much...

Portland Begs People to Come Back to the City After Months-Long Riots, Rising Crime

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Portland, Oregon just can't stay out of the headlines for all the wrong reasons. From riots to homelessness to an increase in violent crime, Portland has it all. Travel Portland, a private non-profit organization, is trying to rehab the city's beleaguered reputation.


The tourism agency released a video and bought a full-page ad in the New York Times. The Times' ad states while people may have heard a lot about Portland, "it's been a while since you heard from us," boasting about how tolerant the progressive city is while brushing over the riots that have plagued the area for much of 2020 and 2021.

"We’re a place of dualities that are never polarities. Two sides to the same coin that keeps landing right on its edge. Anything can happen. We like it this way.

"This is the kind of place where new ideas are welcome — whether they’re creative, cutting-edge or curious at first glance. You can speak up here. You can be yourself here.

"We have some of the loudest voices on the West Coast. And yes, passion pushes the volume all the way up. We’ve always been like this. We wouldn’t have it any other way."

The video ad features scenes of the Columbia River, the cityscape, and more than 30 Portland chefs, store owners, athletes, performers, and artists, according to KOIN. While the riots are no longer a nightly occurrence like last year, the effects are setting in with overworked police now having to work with a smaller budget. 


The city disbanded the Portland Police Bureau's Gun Violence Reduction Team in 2020. Since then, shootings and shooting deaths have dramatically risen. This is why it is no surprise tourism revenue has taken a hit.

"You could go to any hotel general managers and they can give you multiple examples of guests that have voiced disappointment. It's frightened people away. And that has had a huge impact on our industry. People are of the opinion that Portland's not safe," Benson Hotel Managing Director George Schweitzer told KGW8.

As I told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, I only plan on going to Portland for riot coverage.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Videos