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Lower taxes lure business from Portland to Clark County

Companies escape city’s crime, cost of living, homeless problem by moving north

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 12, 2023, 6:03am
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Barista Karlie Ramirez serves coffee to customers at the new Motor Moka in Vancouver on Tuesday morning. Motor Moka started decades ago in Portland as a drive-thru coffee chain before drive-thru coffee shops were all the rage.
Barista Karlie Ramirez serves coffee to customers at the new Motor Moka in Vancouver on Tuesday morning. Motor Moka started decades ago in Portland as a drive-thru coffee chain before drive-thru coffee shops were all the rage. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Motor Moka was a Portland landmark — a drive-thru coffee joint before that was a popular thing.

Before it became Coffee People and then subsequently closed, Motor Moka had a dozen locations. Earlier this year, it made a comeback — but not in Portland. This time it opened in Vancouver, at 7800 E.

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