My colleague Erik from the Bike/Ped Committee recently FAXed me about the City's proposed development of a city-owned TECHNOLOGY PARK (or "Tech Park," as it's known in the business) out by the Maine Turnpike.
via 188.8.131.52; Mon, 22 Nov 2010 05:30:59 -0800
"While the goal of the technology park is a good one: encouraging high-tech businesses to move to Portland, I feel that the implemention is wrong. They are proposing a 1980s style cul-du-sac business park on a greenfield (forested) site. I feel that the project could be a greater benefit to our City, and also stand a better chance of being able to attract creative technology professionals if it were designed in a more modern, more efficient, and less impactful style with better connectivity to alternative transportation, services, and downtown.
It seems crazy to tear down forest... when there are many vacant buildings and brownfield sites in town. Even if they did build here, they it seems they could do it in a much more compact way that would preserve more land, facilitate colaboration by making it easier to walk between buildings, and cost less.
This site is not currently served by public transportation, and is not within easy walking distance of the kind of services that technology professionals might be looking for - lunch, coffee shops, etc. It is therefore destined to increase auto traffic on 95 and Brighton, which in turn reduces the economic efficiency of the project.
I also wonder if technology professionals would want to be stuck in a cul-de-sac by the freeway. I feel this project would be better able to recuit a variety of creative professionals if it were conceptualized and sited differently."
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