A blog for better streets and public spaces in Portland, Maine.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Franklin Street Public Workshop TONIGHT

Help envision the future of Franklin Street. Tonight, at the Ocean Gateway building on the waterfront (one block east of the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal), Portlanders will be getting together to discuss how Franklin Street should look in the future.

What kinds of buildings should go up in all of the empty space surrounding Franklin? How wide should the street be? How wide should the sidewalks be? Are there other streets in Portland that you'd like to see emulated on a redesigned Franklin Street?

Public input from tonight's meeting will set the agenda for the city's Franklin Street Committee and its traffic and planning consultants as they come up with a final plan for city approval. With a plan in hand by the end of the summer, the city could start rebuilding Franklin within the next two to three years.

I'll be there as a facilitator. Come introduce yourself if you're a blog reader whom I haven't met yet.

April 29, 6 to 9 PM, at the Ocean Gateway Terminal
There will be food!
Click here to pre-register.

Below: Franklin St. in 1966 (left) and in 1970, after the devastation of urban "renewal." See the Maine Sunday Telegram's excellent article and accompanying photo slideshow here.

1 comment:

Corey Templeton said...

I think I registered for this a while ago and will try to make it tonight. Looks interesting!