Downtown Portland Retail: Healthy but Vulnerable

On September 4th 2008, Dave Leland delivered a presentation at Portland’s Central City Commercial Development Symposium titled “Downtown Portland Retail: the most visible part of the city’s heart.” Portland is known for its active downtown and progressive urban planning—but Dave pointed out that while downtown’s retail remains healthy, it is also vulnerable. Rents remain strong, vacancies are relatively low, and new residential, office, and hotel development will support retail expansion. But like other American cities, downtown Portland must contend with stiff competition from suburban lifestyle centers and big boxes, perceptions that the core is unsafe, and the challenges of maintaining a

Already an out of the box thinker — now a “Real Estate Whisperer”

On September 25, Dave Leland received a “Leadership of Distinction” award from the Urban Land Institute’s Oregon / SW Washington Chapter. The awards honor people, places and programs that epitomize the group’s mission of “providing leadership in the responsible use of land an in creating and sustaining thriving communities.” In presenting the award, committee leader John Hartsock stated that, “Dave Leland has proven to be a leader in the field and worthy of recognition. For many Dave is a role model who is living the ULI mission. He sends a consistent message and is an outside the box thinker with a unique set of skills – part real estate market whisperer, part designer, part story teller.”

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