Livability survey looks at growth, transportation and concerns in Downtown Portland

The City of Portland's "White Stag" sign. (KATU Photo)

A new survey shows businesses in downtown Portland are thriving, despite concerns about livability.

The Downtown Business Census and Survey released on Tuesday shows employment in the downtown area increased by 2 percent from 2015 to 2016, adding nearly 2,000 jobs. The number of businesses grew by 4 percent over that same time period.

The survey states that 95 percent of respondents say they feel safe downtown.

When it comes to livability, the top two complaints are transients and panhandlers.

The survey also covers how people are getting around town.

It found that the number of people taking public transportation continues to drop, more than half of downtown workers drive alone, and the number of bike commuters remains unchanged at 5 percent.

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