Portland, ME - The Existing Environment

Seanflynn78

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Manchester wishes to be like Portland when it comes to commerce, culture, and just having the urban feel. I live right off Elm street in Manchester and it is a great city, but it's urban core is lacking the foot traffic and bustle of Portland. Portland is such a great city in the sense of quirky and unique identity. While Manchester is just like other north east mill cities with more people. I was in Roswell, New Mexico and it's downtown felt like downtown Derry, NH but the population is much greater with less culture. We take for granted how close you are to everything when you live in the Northeast.
 

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Sean, any updates with any potential downtown Manchester developments? Have they finished construction of the new hotel across the street from the arena yet? Manchester has improved in recent years especially with the addition of new restaurants on the southern end of Elm Street and some new investment in the Commercial Street area. I actually respect Manchester, but I'll never understand or embrace Nashua and would actually prefer to live in Concord if I had to chose between the two cities.
 

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Sean, any updates with any potential downtown Manchester developments? Have they finished construction of the new hotel across the street from the arena yet? Manchester has improved in recent years especially with the addition of new restaurants on the southern end of Elm Street and some new investment in the Commercial Street area. I actually respect Manchester, but I'll never understand or embrace Nashua and would actually prefer to live in Concord if I had to chose between the two cities.
There are two hotels being built in the downtown area. One is in the mill yard (a Hilton Tru hotel) and the a Marriot residence across from the arena. Both should be open by the fall. I totally agree with you on Concord is much more appealing than Manchester or Nashua. Manchester continues to improve as they are putting in some nice apartments in former Mill buildings. Also SNHU has built a massive parking garage near the ballpark. Manchester will continue to grow, but not being from New Hampshire I notice people in the area think it is a ghetto when I. Reality it is a very safe city with the typical problems as any other urban center. Hopefully we can get some new tenants in the arena and get the train going to Boston for commuters.
 

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Walking north on Congress Street

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The reason I took a photo of this is because I've got a new branch opening in my town. Only 4 blocks from my house.

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One of my favorite dinning options. Damn it was closed because of lack of staff. Gee I'm missing my dose of bacon fries.

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General walk about.

Have not seen one of these since a visit to Dublin. Nice surprise.

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Looks like the Cabin Masters have been in town.

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nomc

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Just noticed they are working on the parking lot at 11 Forest Ave - was hoping it was something substantial, but no. Anyway, they were removing the underground bowling alley that was causing the lot to sink. Found some photos posted on Reddit 11 months ago by u/HorrendousHobo2GF of what, I suppose, was the condition until it was removed. I guess this should actually go in the "recently existed" thread.

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A couple great articles about closing down Wharf and Dana permanently, creating a pocket-park, updating the sidewalks, and continuing the outdoor dining experience.



Years ago (possibly 10?) there was a proposal to replace 72 Wharf Street and 442 Fore Street with a couple buildings that would fit in better. There was an idea of a public market here or office/retail space. It'd be awesome to see that resurface.

This is the only thing I can find of it now:
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I'm really glad to see the permanent closures of Dana and Wharf St. I do hope that the idea of closing Exchange St will be revisited in the future.

However, I am a bit dubious of spending COVID relief money on a project that will disproportionally benefit the tourist sector. I don't think this is necessarily the best use of those funds. These funds should be allocated with social equity in mind.
 

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I'd also like to see Fore from Exchange to Union closed as (I believe this was my first post on here?) - pedestrians already cross wherever and whenever they feel like. I hate driving that stretch most of the year and I think it could be really cool - Exchange from Middle down to Fore and across to Union. I've gotten used to the closure of Fore from Silver to Pearl without cursing.
 

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