The Hiawatha is such a good example of good in-fill projects that Portland needs. I also wish the wedge-shaped building came into fruition next to The Snug at the corner of Washington/Congress. Will be nice if the lot next to 106 Cumberland is actually developed. I hate the gas stations. This also makes me miss my old apartment in the Marlborough Building.Random found aerials.
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Would certainly help with tying in the East End with downtown more too.The intersection of Cumberland and Washington has so much potential. I'd love to see a development team redevelop each of those corner lots into a well-coordinated, mixed-use "square" – a tree-lined public space for outdoor tables on the Big Apple lot – lined with cafe/restaurant/retail on the first floor of a six- to eight-story residential building; then the other three corners could each have a four- to five-story residential buildings with smaller street-level retail, forming a cohesive street-wall on all corners. It could really feel like a new hub for that part of the East End and an active, welcoming gateway to the Washington Street corridor from Congress.
Great shots! This statement might be controversial......Portland's waterfront is way underutilized.....too many wharfs....those pilings are hideous....way too little public space and access to the actual waterfront. Look at other great American coastal cities. Portland needs to pick it up in that regard.
I do disagree with that assessment. Portland actually does a great job with balancing a wide array of uses along the waterfront and preserving legacy marine-dependent uses. There's also a lot of work being done to open up the Eastern Waterfront to the public...Plus the State Pier is open to the public now too. We've added quite a bit of waterfront public space in the past 10 years.
I often hear people say that our waterfront is "underutilized" and to me that's just a codeword for saying "Kick out the fisherman and put in some hotels and breweries"
It's easy to forget that Portland's working waterfront is itself a tourist attraction and something that makes the city unique.