- Apr 16, 2014
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This development appears to be going quite "south" of its original plans. The marina is walled off from the public, and is a de facto play facility for the rich. Now, a four story insurance building with little architectural significance, something appropriate for the suburbs, is the focus for this new part of Portland. Why can't four floors become 12 floors, with the footprint public space now made bigger? Surely it can't be a height issue as nearby, precious protected Eastern Prom has two 13 story "towers." Those aren't an eyesore, or are they? This could have been an all-glass building, irregular shaped and tiered, with some interesting accent materials. You know, good modern architecture. For inspiration, look at London, as many of its new buildings adjoin old architecture going back to the 1700s. Glass fits in with old buildings, if done right (Hancock Tower in Boston next to Trinity Church). The city of Portland amazes me. Everyone is always so spirited about what gets built, and then when it does, get built, it falls flat in our faces. However, there will be many new workers streaming out of this building during the daytime to lunch in the area. That's a plus, but still, looking at this structure will remind me of the outlying Maine Mall area, with its Cracker Barrel and Olive Garden.