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  1. TC_zoid

    Roux Institute Campus Development | Portland

    Colleges and universities seem to have the most fun with architecture. Hope Roux keeps the tradition going. https://www.bu.edu/articles/2023/center-for-computing-and-data-sciences-opening-photo-gallery/
  2. TC_zoid

    Westbrook, ME

    The affordable housing component would be built in phases over a number of years, Norod said. The Portland area needs over 10,000 affordable units and this would be done in phases? I think the 800 lb. gorilla is in the room and in the form of xenophobia.
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    Portland Passenger Rail

    I think any substantial money spend for the Downeaster should be focused on the year-round service spine, and that would be Brunswick to Boston. Not sure the cost or timeline to upgrade the tracks to reach 70mph, but that would help as many passengers are now commuting for business and not just...
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    Roux Institute Campus Development | Portland

    Love that interesting, beautiful, and apropos design (IDEALS). Thanks for posting. The Roux campus buildings should be as futuristically designed in look as possible, but without a reduction in pragmatics. Boston is doing this with many of its new hi-tech company builds. I don't buy the "It's...
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    USM | Portland

    My intention was to not diminish the credibility of UMO. I'm simply saying that times are changing, and Portland is much closer to Boston with more relevant transportation for today's students. The current endowment number for USM is a result of its being a lackluster university. That will...
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    USM | Portland

    USM is on a roll. Now that acting great Tony Shalhoub is its de facto public spokesperson for the new arts program and build, it's only upward and onward for this university. I've been saying for several years that UMO's influence in Maine will wane, to become secondary to the...
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    Potential Soccer Stadium | Portland peninsula

    Thank you for the link. That is a super lame proposal. It does not address bigger capacity, food and drink space designs that are popular today, and it is not true that it can't also have a track with the widened soccer field. I've watched stadiums swap out sections of artificial turf for...
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    Portland Bayside

    In NYC and Boston, or that I know of, some new upscale residential buildings have been criticized for designing their mandated affordable units with a separate elevator and entrance in the back. It's definitely elitist and we know why. I think we need to be more creative with assisting how...
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    General Portland Discussion

    People want fun options for food and drink *all of the time*. It's who we have become. Many of the people that come up to LL Bean are (or were) from out-of-state. It's a reason for them to come up to Maine during the colder months. I remember when many or most of the license plates were...
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    Potential Soccer Stadium | Portland peninsula

    There are plans to renovate Fitzpatrick Stadium? First I've heard of it. Who's paying? And hope it's not just football/track because there is a HUGE need for soccer. A regulation sized soccer field is much wider than a football field. They need to figure something out and fast. Portland is...
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    General Portland Discussion

    $50 million is a lot to work with. Freeport's primary problem is that it has not reconceptualized its retail town center into an equal focus of dynamic food and drink options. We'd rather just order our Bean Boots and outlet priced clothing online. But if the food and drink options are fun....
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    Potential Soccer Stadium | Portland peninsula

    Parking garage? Where? Parking is a real concern. Fitzpatrick area is best because Hadlock seems to function when 7,000 show up for a game. Events would not be scheduled concurrent with Seadog games. The train/bus station could operate shuttles, and maybe even the massive new Maine Med garage...
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    Potential Soccer Stadium | Portland peninsula

    Fitzpatrick has the most room. I would develop it into a combination track/soccer stadium with traditional seats and social bar-like areas at the top and ends. Increase the capacity to 20,000. For a full-sized soccer field, sections of the track could be replaced with turf. Not a big deal. Let...
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    UNE Portland

    They could do a deal with a developer (who would finance it) to build a large Passivehaus dorm in the way that USM did with its. I'm guessing most of the students have to commute to school by car, van, or bus, and so what about the mandate to reduce the school's carbon footprint? I guess it's...
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    Portland Bayside

    I think by this time next year the feeling of urgency will begin for taller buildings. I see no reduction in interest in living in Portland, especially with all that's going on in Boston. There is a lot more of working remotely, so why not live in Portland instead of Boston? Bayside could be it...
  16. TC_zoid

    UNE Portland

    The medical school broke ground a few weeks ago. Anyone have a quick pic? And are there any plans for housing? UNE has Maine's only pharmacy, dental, and medical schools and I can't see how they will house all these students off campus. Where?
  17. TC_zoid

    Portland Bayside

    Thanks for the posting. It's exciting to see a notable plan for the continued transformation of Bayside. Any rumors about the massive old storage building? It's sandwiched in between some of their builds and the potential ones on the Federated lots. It's bisecting, dividing and if razed, would...
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    Portland Passenger Rail

    How does the Downeaster train go from North Station to South Station/Back Bay? Isn't that a billion-dollar (or more) connecting tunnel dig? So far, the best option for NYC is the Concord Coach limo bus. I've taken it many times. Direct service and on a light traffic day, can make in just over 5...
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Agreed, though let's put that in something like the Temple Street Parking Garage spaces. The last time Portland was able to feel excitement about a tall building was in 1910, with the Fidelity Trust Building. It's been a long time.
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    I've never been but the pics look okay, but not great. I think anything downtown in a prominent new building like 201 Federal would have to be stellar, the talk of the town, like Batson River is. An experience.

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