Portage has it's rough areas Contradiction, and downtown Winnipeg as a whole isn't an ideal place for businesses. The taxes are high, business is low and you always run the risk of vandalism near by. Personally, I avoided Portage after 7 whenever possible (excluding the Forks, as that was always a pretty place to hand out).
I'm quite glad that old Army Surplus store's land is bought by the UofW, as that university will hopefully help lively up the area with more students in the area.
Member of the Scarlet Legion