Port of Portland | Working waterfront and future developments

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Started a new thread due to recommendations from markhb and Cosakita 18 that is devoted to the Port of Portland, its working waterfront and any current or future developments. Included is a bird's eye view of the harbor from the 1930's because I enjoy sharing Portland's history.View attachment 27553
Looking at this picture, and considering it was the 1930s with a population of 70k plus, you'd think Portland would be a booming city of 200,000 (or close to it) today...

BTW, those are some Awesome pictures!
 

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^ Credit goes to all of the photographers who captured Portland's history throughout the years so the pictures can be shared with current and future urbanologists! Portland's population (68,408) will always be limited by its approximate 22 square miles of land to actually count people. It maxed out close to 80,000 after WWII and I think it will be difficult to meet that number again unless we go taller on the peninsula. Now if we were able to annex South Portland, Westbrook or Falmouth? Or better yet, maybe consolidate the entire county like some southern cities have to save money on schools, fire, police, and government services which substantially increased their populations.
 
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A couple of renderings of the Maine International Cold Storage Facility that broke ground this morning seeing that it is a future development. Courtesy of Cosakita 18.
 
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Just noticed that the new signage on the MSP is a replicate of the former which must be intentional. (y)
The rounded M and squared R the on the original are a little more polished. The new one is more utilitarian, but the nod is there.
 

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^ Changed my text to "close copy" of the original. Maybe they'll add the Maine Port Authority sign which is still in existence and would complete the retro look.
 

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Looking at this picture, and considering it was the 1930s with a population of 70k plus, you'd think Portland would be a booming city of 200,000 (or close to it) today...

BTW, those are some Awesome pictures!
Portland has been historically great at shooting itself in the foot.
 

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I was going to mention, Bug Light being out on the end of that breakwater. That's all filled in now, obviously.
 

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I'm amazed at the transformation and the effort it took to demolish and remove all of the steel, concrete and other hazardous materials from the two yards during a period where we were not as environmentally friendly!
 

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Ideally, the inlet bordering the oil cargo pier to the east, and the land/trees to the west could hold a permanently docked Liberty Ship (I've heard that there is one salvageable in Alabama) converted to a museum to highlight and educate the history of shipbuilding in Maine. These ships, BIW, and the incredible schooners built on the coast over the years would be the focus. The large cargo holding spaces inside the ship could feature exhibits. A small main structure with an enclosed connecting footbridge could be built on the land part. At least $15-20 million needed for this endeavor? The dynamic and smart women who run the Maine Children's Museum didn't seem to any serious hurdles in raising $15 million for theirs. Appeal to the emotions, is one surefire way. But I'm not confident it could happen, especially after the city/s ignorance and disrespect with the Abyssinian House over the years. That too almost sank into the abyss. The Liberty Ships were key to winning the war. It's why the Russians are losing theirs today--supplies. Imagine all truckers nationwide going on a strike. Everything stops because you've run out of everything.
 

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The only surviving Liberty Ship I'm aware of is the Jeremiah O'Brien,, which has been turned into a museum and is, I believe, docked in San Francisco. I visited it when it paid a call here after refurbishment.
 

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