Yes, it certainly has. (And LOVE the North End.) I follow the Boston arch scene closely as I love the city (how can you not?), went to college in Back Bay, and my brother is an architect (also in Back Bay). Question. Is it simply me and my impression that Boston does not appear to have a serious homeless and migrant problems? Portland is all over the news with its. I do know this. Boston's foundation of education is key to its growth and prosperity. I have several friends from China who graduated college here in the U.S., and they tell me all or most of their friends and families want to come here because of this. I know at one time Thornton Academy had around 150 Chinese students, but the school was pressured to bring these numbers down to I believe a third of that number now (over 300 foreign students are in dorms). Chinese families see the easy and direct train route to Boston and want their kids going to Harvard or MIT. So, that said, I think Portland can also create an educational foundation for prosperity. It's so close and easy to get to Boston, of which is becoming one of the most important cities in the world now due to not only education, but notable tech and Big Pharma. Boston seems to be rising and Portland feels like it's almost in stagnation with its problems. Solution. I think Portland should give the big green light to Roux. Whatever they want to build. Ignore the complaining neighbors. Most are old and not the future. We need a massive Roux to compete. And, more of everything for USM. Currently, the quality of its programs is nothing to brag about. It's not a comparable school when measured against most state universities. This could change. Figure out a way to build more and bring in top professors and give them the funds to create better programs. Sure, the neighbors will complain. They always do. But they are old and not the future. Biotech is one key area for USM to focus on. Also, a bigger and more prominent business school. And, UMO is expanding and increasing the prominence of its engineering programs, and that is good, but it's not an easily accessible location to Boston, where all or much is happening. Create a substantial one for USM. I could list the new and expanding companies and what they are doing in Boston, and it is almost scary in importance. From stem cell research to Big Pharma to the latest in A.I. and robotics, it's truly exciting. Portland needs to get with it or it's all basically going to stay in Boston. The latter has smart competent people running their city. What do we have in Portland?Wow. Around 2006-2007 I was living in the North End, and would often walk that path along the water to visit the ICA. Aside from the museum itself, almost none of the other buildings in that photo were there at the time... Crazy how much that area has changed.
As a landscape designer this visual makes me laugh and cringe at the same time. Someone put all of five minutes of effort into it. Sad. It seems Portland will never grow up and take itself seriously.