Apple plans to remove Portland store's steel security fence

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Apple Pioneer Place store in Portland may soon see its steel fencing that was erected after riots and looting replaced by a transparent polycarbonate enclosure.

Apple render of its proposed new security barrier for the Portland store (Source: Oregon Live)
Apple render of its proposed new security barrier for the Portland store (Source: Oregon Live)


The Apple Store in Portland, Oregon, has been protected by a steel fence since February 2021. At that point, it had been closed for nine months, in part because of the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the store had also been looted and vandalized after the George Floyd riots in May 2020. There was then a fire at the store, started during protests following the police killing of a man.

According to Oregon Live, Apple now plans to replace its tall metal barrier with a "storefront security enclosure," made of transparent polycarbonate panels. Representatives from Apple and an unnamed architectural firm held an online meeting with the Downtown Neighbourhood Association on May 3, 2022.

"We were very impressed with the project," association chair Walt Weyler told the publication. "We were very pleased with its concept."

"We were delighted that Apple is going to stay at that location," continued Weyler, "and that they're going to extend their investment in that part of our city."

The proposed polycarbonate structure would reportedly enclose the storefront, and be placed around 30 inches out from the existing glass facade.

Apple reportedly asked the meetings attendees to not take screenshots of the call. However, one unnamed attendee did take a grab of an Apple render showing how the remodelled security may look.

Separately, a Black Lives Matter mural that was painted on the store's barricades was donated by Apple to non-profit organization Don't Shoot PDX in 2021.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    red oakred oak Posts: 1,077member
    What a sick city.  The fact that Apple has to spend money to do this is outrageous 

    Just close down the store 
    BeDifferentmobirdlkruppravnorodomFred257
  • Reply 2 of 8
    sbdudesbdude Posts: 243member
    That might be premature given what's going on at the Supreme Court. Portlanders will use any excuse.
    Fred257
  • Reply 3 of 8
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 6,086member
    red oak said:
    What a sick city.  The fact that Apple has to spend money to do this is outrageous 

    Just close down the store 
    No.  Inconveniencing the majority of law-abiding people due to the actions of a tiny minority of degenerates sends the wrong message.

    What should happen is those that vandalized property be arrested, jailed, and made to pay for damages.  That sends the right message. 
  • Reply 4 of 8
    Fred257Fred257 Posts: 230member
    I live in Portland. Apple is going to have to put this store behind a concrete wall. Protesters and gang taggers are going to break in and destroy the place if they don’t. Portland hates corporations, they HATE people with different opinions. They HATE the police and have defunded it by half. The city has at least 7 shootings a day now because of this. Portland is a lawless homeless shelter and shows no signs of improving in the slightest.
    red oak
  • Reply 5 of 8
    sbdude said:
    That might be premature given what's going on at the Supreme Court. Portlanders will use any excuse.
    yeah, any old excuse.  nothing to see here.  civil unrest is so..... what's the word.. dystopian.
    Ofer
  • Reply 6 of 8
    mpantonempantone Posts: 2,022member
    red oak said:
    What a sick city.  The fact that Apple has to spend money to do this is outrageous 

    Just close down the store 
    LOL, welcome to America, newb.

    The original Apple Store Palo Alto had no security measures. (I'm talking about the former music store at University Avenue and Kipling.

    When Apple moved this retail location to the old Z Gallerie location, there were equally no physical barriers. It wasn't until a brazen organized theft that stanchions were installed. The City of Palo Alto also erected barriers.

    This is how utterly trashy American retail is.

    The Apple Stores in Tokyo, Paris, Munich, Vienna, etc. don't have to deal with this B.S.

    Hell, jewelry stores in Vienna leave their wares in their street-facing display cases after hours.
    edited May 2022
  • Reply 7 of 8
    SamchaseSamchase Posts: 5member
    It is bad idea.
  • Reply 8 of 8
    I hope the security polycarbonate or whatever is used follows the design of the existing windows to maintain the design element so unique to this structure. And that there are political measures that eliminate the gross inequalities here and nationally & while we’re at it let’s do that globally as one world family.
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