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Downtown businesses want homeless camp to move

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Some downtown Portland businesses are calling for more action from the city when it comes to homeless camps.

Operators of the Star Theater are concerned about the campers outside their venue, especially because they are hosting concerts for the Music Fest NW festival going on right now.

The manager of Casey's Lounge down the block also said he has complained to the city and police multiple times about the campers.

He said at times, they cost him business.

"We had a group of them from down in this camp get maced right here in our doorway from another person who was homeless and that ended up taking up three hours of our prime time business and people weren't coming in," said general manager John Seesholtz. "I've worked in the downtown area for the past 30 years, and it's worse in the last two years than I've seen it ever." 

The mayor's office said Portland police are compiling a list of the problem areas and it's possible those areas could be designated "high use zones" like city hall, where the no-camping rule has recently been enforced.

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