Report: Downtown holiday pedestrian count up 40 percent
Downtown foot traffic is up 40 percent over 2015, suggesting a strong holiday shopping season, according to a new report released Monday by Clean & Safe, an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance.
"We are very proud to see the results from the December 2017 pedestrian count," said Peter Andrews, chair of the Downtown Clean & Safe board of directors and a broker at Melvin Mark. "The high foot traffic shows that downtown Portland continues to thrive and draw holiday shoppers from throughout the region."
Clean & Safe conducts semi-annual counts to track pedestrian traffic volumes in front of key intersections within the downtown core. The December 2017 count took place over a three-day period between Dec. 7 and 9. It tracked foot traffic at 13 intersections in downtown Portland.
Of those 13 corners, 10 were also counted in December 2015. Results from the count found that the most trafficked corner in downtown is Southwest 5th Avenue and Morrison Street, with a 60 percent increase in foot traffic over the 2015 count, from 16,687 pedestrians in 2015 to 26,712 in 2017.
Other highly trafficked corners include Sixth and Morrison, which increased from 13,396 pedestrians in 2015 to 21,078 in 2017, and 10th and Morrison, which increased from 8,883 pedestrians in 2015 to 15,578 in 2017.
As the name says, Clean & Safe helps keep downtown clean and safe for residents, workers and visitors.
"It's imperative that we continue to support organizations like Clean & Safe, Central City Concern and many others whose dedication to downtown's vibrancy contributed to the positive outcomes from the count," Mark said.
Results of the count are provided to developers, real estate brokers, property managers and owners, prospective tenants, institutional investor and others who are interested in downtown Portland as a place to do business. Corners counted during the semi-annual counts can change slightly depending on a number of factors, including retail vacancies and new tenants.
You can read the full results at cleanandsafepdx.com/research/pedestrian-counts.html.