The process has some good elements - there's an emphasis on a design that will encourage neighborhood vitality, economic development, and reducing dependency on oil. There's a good deal of concern, though, since Maine Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) engineers in Augusta are officially in charge, and they've inserted their own emphasis on moving more cars so they can collect more gas taxes.
Still, if they mess this up - what should be a high-visibility economic development and neighborhood revitalization effort - then Portland will be unlikely to put up any local money to make the project a reality, and MDOT will have an expensive, politically poisonous failure on their hands.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM Franklin Street Feasibility Study Discussion
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM I-295 Exit 7 Discussion
Where: East End School Community Center
195 North Street, Portland